Keywords: coal mining, ash dumps, environmental impact, ash disposal, thermal power plants, Kosova, environmental pollution, water pollution, waste disposal, water quality
Environment impact from ash disposal of the thermal power plant 'Kosova A'
Mining activities impact on environment is as old as these activities themselves. It is estimated that thermal power plants in Kosova produce about 1.6 million tons of ash per year, and all ash produced is disposed as waste material. The main problems for environment pollution are the ash dumps containing more than 40 million tons of ash cover about 150 ha of land. The ash dumps sites of the thermal power plant Kosovo 'A', which are situated among settlement, present one of the most serious problems in the environment and are one of the potential dangers for underground and surface water.