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Special Report: Little lab on the prairie clears path to big 'clean coal' profits


By Tim McLaughlin(Reuters) - "Clean" coal is a rich vein for American investors to mine, thanks to a lucrative subsidy offered by the U.S. government. For many producers of the fuel, the path to profit leads through a laboratory at the University of North Dakota.The school's Energy and Environmental Research Center reported earning about $5 million in fiscal 2015-16 performing laboratory tests that qualify clean-coal producers for the subsidy. On any given day, EERC technicians take a sample of up to one ton of the coal from a producer and burn it in a miniature boiler to determine whether it ...

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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 19:45 IST