STP1162: Utilization of the Baker Soil Test in Synthetic Soil Preparation for Reclamation of Coal Ash Disposal Sites

    Senft, JP
    Senior research associate, Environmental Resources Research Institute (ERRI); professor of soil chemistry, Department of Agronomy and ERRI; and research assistant, Department of Agronomy, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

    Baker, DE
    Senior research associate, Environmental Resources Research Institute (ERRI); professor of soil chemistry, Department of Agronomy and ERRI; and research assistant, Department of Agronomy, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

    Amistadi, MK
    Senior research associate, Environmental Resources Research Institute (ERRI); professor of soil chemistry, Department of Agronomy and ERRI; and research assistant, Department of Agronomy, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

    Pages: 9    Published: Jan 1993


    Abstract

    Application of procedures developed for preparation of synthetic soils for reclamation of two coal ash disposal sites in Pennsylvania is presented. These procedures include determination of water holding properties, lime requirement, and the Baker Soil Test (BST) for chemical element analysis. Results from soil and plant analyses following establishment of vegetation on the sites have shown that the BST predicts plant incorporation of chemical elements from the synthetic soils. The results confirm the utility of the BST in planning and executing successful reclamation on disturbed lands in a manner which protects the soil-plantanimal food chain.

    Keywords:

    reclamation, mine lands, soil test, Baker Soil Test, metal ions, fly ash, coal ash


    Paper ID: STP23879S

    Committee/Subcommittee: D18.02

    DOI: 10.1520/STP23879S


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