We are welcoming 2017 and our 17th year as a group – However, recent events remind us that our job will never be done.

Over the last week and a half there has been a rash of coal fire mishaps including:

  • Roof fire resulting from presence of coal in Nebraska
  • Bunker fire in Missouri
  • Silo fire in Pennsylvania
  • Dust collector fire in Thailand
  • Switch Engine throwing a spark causing a grass fire but narrowly missing the underground coal unloader in Oklahoma.  

Some of these caused extensive damage, but fortunately no one was injured.  We all know that during the drier winter months we are especially vulnerable to these types of incidents.  I would like to encourage everyone to be vigilant and to inform your teams of the need to pay-particular-attention-to (PPAT) coal dust fire prevention. 

The PRB Coal Users’ Group has better/recommended practices on our website related to coal bunkers, hoppers, and silos.  If you have any further questions about fire prevention, detection, suppression and mitigation techniques, you can contact us anytime through our Forum Site.  Some of our directors and other members are experts in this area and can provide answers and solutions. 

Finally, I would like to encourage all to participate in the Annual PRBCUG Conference this year at McCormick Place West in Chicago on April 10 – 13.  

The 2017 PRB Coal Users’ Group calendars are in the mail and should be arriving to you shortly. We are so excited about the new photos provided by our members! We wanted to take a moment to mention that there was an error printed for the February photo.This amazing photo is a night image of Plant Scherer; Plant Scherer is a Georgia Power Plant.

Again, we hope you enjoy your calendars and please correct the error on your copy! We love the folks at Southern Company and appreciate their support as well as all the power plants utilizing PRB Coal.

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Annual Meeting scheduled for April 9-13, 2017 in Downtown Chicago, IL

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