a. A facility where raw coal is sized and prepared for loadout. In the United States, plant capacities vary from 500 to 2,500 st/h (454 to 2,268 t/h). See also: cleaning; dense-medium washer; gravity concentration; screen; washery. Nelson
b. A facility or collection of facilities that include associated support facilities and consist of, but are not limited to: loading facilities; storage and stockpile facilities; sheds, shops, and other buildings; settling basins and impoundments, coal processing and other waste disposal areas; roads, railroads, and other transport facilities. Exempted from the meaning of coal-preparation plant is an operation that a) loads coal; b) does not separate coal from its impurities; and c) is not located at or near the mine site.
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Dictionary of Mining, Mineral, and Related Terms












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