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Title: ZERO EMISSION COAL, A NEW APPROACH AND WHY IT IS NEEDED

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Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab., NM (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
US Department of Energy (US)
OSTI Identifier:
788293
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-01-5865
TRN: US200202%%300
DOE Contract Number:
W-7405-ENG-36
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Conference title not supplied, Conference location not supplied, Conference dates not supplied; Other Information: PBD: 1 Oct 2001
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
01 COAL, LIGNITE, AND PEAT; COAL; AIR POLLUTION ABATEMENT; COAL PREPARATION; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS

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H. ZIOCK, G. D. GUTHRIE, and ET AL. ZERO EMISSION COAL, A NEW APPROACH AND WHY IT IS NEEDED. United States: N. p., 2001. Web.
H. ZIOCK, G. D. GUTHRIE, & ET AL. ZERO EMISSION COAL, A NEW APPROACH AND WHY IT IS NEEDED. United States.
H. ZIOCK, G. D. GUTHRIE, and ET AL. Mon . "ZERO EMISSION COAL, A NEW APPROACH AND WHY IT IS NEEDED". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/788293.
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