SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1993

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


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.

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Senft, JP
The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
Baker, DE
The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
Amistadi, MK
The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
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Developed by Committee: D18
Pages: 151–159
DOI: 10.1520/STP23879S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5225-0
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-1475-3