AGI-Coal and the Environment. Stephen Greb, Cortland Eble, Douglas Peters and Alexander Papp. American Geological Institute (AGI). AGI is a non-profit organization representing many scientific and professional geologic associations. They publish a series of booklets in their Environmental Awareness Series about society’s use of natural and energy resources and the environmental issues that are associated with their use. Coal and the Environment is a 64-page color booklet with easy-to-understand information concerning: What coal is and how it forms; How coal is found, mined, transported, processed, and used; and the environmental concerns, regulations, and mitigation techniques for coal exploration, coal mining, coal transportation, coal processing, and power and heat generation (including the impacts of coal use). The booklet has many photos and diagrams. Pdfs of the publication are free online.
American Coal Foundation. Washington, D.C. Nonprofit educational organization supported by an industry coalition. Provides free educational materials (teacher packages and coal samples) about coal, electricity, and land reclamation. Activities for elementary and secondary students, a coal video guide, science fair ideas, posters, and more are available.
Center for Energy and Economic Development. Non-profit organization that promotes the long-term viability of coal as a fuel source for electricity, and provides information on electricity, coal technology, the environment, and coal economics.
Energy Information Administration , U.S. Department of Energy. Provides official U.S. government coal and environmental statistics. The Annual Energy review includes information on trends in environmental aspects of coal use.
Mine Safety and Health Administration , U.S. Department of Labor. Provides public and technical reports, statistics, fact sheets, news releases and regulatory explanations on mine safety and health issues.
National Mining Association. Trade organization that promotes the importance of mining in the United States . Provides industry views on regulations and legal issues related to mining.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C. Federal government site provides information and explanations of environmental issues in the United States. The teacher resources section provides background information on a wide variety of environmental issues, teacher activities and lesson plans, ideas for service projects, information about meetings, workshops, scholarships, and more.
U.S. Department of Interior, Office of Surface Mining. Provides information and statistics about surface coal mining and reclamation, including explanations of regulations, abandoned mine reclamation programs, and topical reclamation subjects. The Learning Gateway has information about coal and mining for teachers as well as puzzles and quizzes for students.