WVGES Trace Elements in West Virginia Coals

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The stratigraphic distribution of Arsenic (As) in West Virginia coal beds indicates that coals of the Conemaugh Group (Upper Pennsylvanian) exhibit the highest and most variable whole coal arsenic abundances. Most Middle Pennsylvanian coal beds have low arsenic contents, and coals of the lower Kanawha Formation display moderate and variable arsenic. The Harlem, Elk Lick and Mahoning coals of Tucker, Mineral and Grant counties contained the highest arsenic averages (see cautionary notes page).  These coals have not historically been mined because of they are thin and not laterally extensive, and as such are not economically important (see the historic Conemaugh production). Coals that are being extensively mined (Pittsburgh and No. 6 Block through Eagle) are low in arsenic.
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