Sulphur from coal. Re: [asa] Level of certainty in science

From: James Mahaffy <>
Date: Tue Feb 06 2007 - 18:35:16 EST

James Mahaffy (          Phone: 712 722-6279
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>>> On 2/6/2007 at 1:05 PM, in message
"David Campbell" <> wrote:
On the other hand, some coal mines in western Virginia
> are trying to claim that the high levels of coal dust in some rivers
> (with critically endangered mussels) comes from passing trains.
> Continuous monitoring revealed occasional sudden spikes in coal dust
> input in the middle of the night, exactly the pattern expected if
> someone is illegally releasing mine water.
My guess is that it was the sulphur in the water and not coal dust.
Much coal has high sulphur and that is one of the big toxins in coal 
waste.  It could also be coal dust but somehow it just doesn't sound 
like the particulates were the problem.
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