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October 12, 2001

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The federal government should have clear authority to review the stability of basins designed to store liquid waste from coal processing plants, says a new report from the National Academies' National Research Council. Regulatory agencies also should work toward establishing a standard design to prevent the barriers between basins and underground mines from collapsing.

Franklin Orr Beal Professor and Dean, School of Earth Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif. and Chair, Committee on Coal Waste Impoundments.