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Photo, Print, Drawing The John Amos Coal-Fired Utility Plant

About this Item


  • The John Amos Coal-Fired Utility Plant


  • Eiler, Lyntha Scott (Photographer)

Created / Published

  • October 26, 1995


  • -  Fall
  • -  Mountaintop removal
  • -  October
  • -  Mining regulations
  • -  Reclamation
  • -  Photographs
  • -  Ethnography
  • -  West Virginia -- Kanawha County -- Nitro


  • Photographs
  • Ethnography


  • -  Event: Helicopter tour of Mountaintop Removal and Reclamation on Big Coal River watershed.
  • -  To better understand the method of mining known as "mountaintop removal and reclamation," Lyntha Eiler and I visited the West Virginia Division of Environmental Protection. There we interviewed Roger Hall, the assistant director, who invited us to view by helicopter the mountaintop removal and reclamation in progress on the Marsh and Clear Forks of the Big Coal River. Benny Campbell, a mining inspector from the Logan County office of the DEP, accompanied us on our helicopter tour. Coal-fired utility plants like the John Amos are important customers for the coal industry. They also emit pollutants that the Appalachia Forest Action Project identified as causes of forest decline. According to journalist Jeff Goodell, in 1999 the John Amos Coal-Fired utility plant emitted 98,000 tons of sulphur dioxide, 47,500 tons of nitrogen oxides, and 838 pounds of mercury (Goodell, 2001).


  • 35 mm Color Slide

Call Number/Physical Location

  • AFC 1999/008: CRF-LE-C033-05

Source Collection

  • Coal River Folklife Collection (AFC 1999/008)


  • American Folklife Center

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Online Format

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Chicago citation style:

Eiler, Lyntha Scott. The John Amos Coal-Fired Utility Plant. Kanawha County Nitro West Virginia, 1995. Photograph.

APA citation style:

Eiler, L. S. (1995) The John Amos Coal-Fired Utility Plant. Kanawha County Nitro West Virginia, 1995. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Eiler, Lyntha Scott. The John Amos Coal-Fired Utility Plant. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.