acid mine drainage News

  • Pennsylvania DEP Effort Encourages Oil and Gas Industry to Use Mine Drainage Water

    The Department of Environmental Protection announced today the preliminary process it will use for authorizing the use of acid mine drainage water for oil and gas operations, including Marcellus Shale wells. "Acid mine drainage impairs more than 5,000 miles of streams in our state, making it ideal for operators to take the drainage out of our waterways and put it to use for ...

  • The quiet clean mining revolution

    Few industries have got the black eye, literally and metaphorically, of mining. After centuries of environmental effects ranging from toxic emissions to unsightly tailings ponds, acid mine drainage, massive energy consumption and other impacts, mining is slowly cleaning up its act. Why? Mostly because new clean technologies are increasing industrial efficiencies. They're lowering mining ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Making green mining less of an oxymoron

    New breakthrough science and cost reductions from the world of cleantech hold promise for making mining-one of the dirtiest, most inefficient industries in the world-more profitable, safer and cleaner. But which cleantech innovations aimed at reducing toxicity in mining, as well as the need for power and water, are best positioned to succeed? Which companies will win and which will lose? How can ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Cleanup of Abandoned Coal Mines Could Become Cheaper

    HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, November 2, 2007 (ENS) - The high cost of treating the acid mine drainage that has damaged more than 6,000 miles of Pennsylvania streams has kept many companies from entering the cleanup business, but that may change with the state’s financial support for a new technology now being used in Cambria County. Earlier this week, Pennsylvania Environmental ...

  • Ecological approach used to remediate former mining site

    Cleanup of the inactive Burlington Mine site in Boulder County, CO, was initiated in 2003 as a voluntary cleanup overseen by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) pursuant to the Colorado Voluntary Cleanup Redevelopment Act of 1994. An ecological approach was used to improve downstream water quality, reduce surface- and ground-water interaction with contaminated ...

  • ARCO Ordered to Investigate Radioactivity at Anaconda Mine

    SAN FRANCISCO, California (ENS) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday ordered to the Atlantic Richfield Company, ARCO, to begin an investigation to determine the nature and extent of contamination at the Anaconda Copper Mine in Yerington, Nevada. The order requires ARCO to conduct a remedial investigation and feasibility study for most of the 3,468 acre mine site. ...

  • Pennsylvania Mine Reclamation Program Accepts National Award

     The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will tonight accept the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement's 2012 national Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Award for the Dents Run Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Project in Benezette Township, Elk County. DEP staff members are attending the National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Programs national conference ...

  • Pennsylvania Mine Reclamation Project Wins National Award

     The Department of Environmental Protection announced today that the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement has given the 2012 national Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Award to a $14.2-million mine reclamation project in the Dents Run watershed in Benezette Township, Elk County. The project, which began in 2002 and was completed in March 2012, restored and re-vegetated 320 ...

  • Dumping mine waste into lakes - Is this the best environmental option?

    Sixteen Canadian lakes are slated to be officially but quietly 'reclassified' as toxic dump sites for mines. Under the Fisheries Act, it’s illegal to put harmful substances into fish-bearing waters. But, under a little-known subsection known as Schedule Two of the mining effluent regulations, federal bureaucrats can redefine lakes as 'tailings impoundment areas.'  Public opposition has been ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Dumping mine waste into Lakes - Is this the best environmental option?

    Sixteen Canadian lakes are slated to be officially but quietly "reclassified" as toxic dump sites for mines. Under the Fisheries Act, it’s illegal to put harmful substances into fish-bearing waters. But, under a little-known subsection known as Schedule Two of the mining effluent regulations, federal bureaucrats can redefine lakes as "tailings impoundment areas." Public opposition has been ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • South African mine finds way of removing uranium from groundwater

    Acid mine drainage is one of the world's biggest environmental problems besides global warming. The national nuclear regulator has confirmed uranium contamination in drinking and agricultural water from gold mining activities in South Africa. Currently, the water quality and pollution into our water resources is a bigger health risk than HIV/AIDs.A test trial done with a organic medium developed ...


    By SupaZOrb

  • $500 million plan set for mine site cleanup in New Mexico

    EPA has issued a Superfund record of decision (ROD) calling for the responsible parties to spend at least $500 million to clean up the Molycorp. Inc. mine site near Questa, New Mexico. The site, which is owned by Chevron Mining, Inc., consists of an operating mine and milling facility, a tailings pile, and a tailings pipeline running from the mill to the pile. Contaminated material includes about ...

  • DEP Awards More than $2.25 Million in Mine Reclamation Contracts

    The Department of Environmental Protection announced today it has awarded $2,252,855 for remediation projects at abandoned mine sites in Butler, Cambria, Clarion, Jefferson and Luzerne counties. The remediation will reclaim 181 acres to pre-mining conditions by planting tens of thousands of trees, re-grading thousands of cubic yards of steep slopes left by mining, stabilizing old mine pits and ...

  • Bush Administration Takes Major Step Forward on Cleaning Up Abandoned Mines

    Washington, D.C. - The Environmental Protection Agency is clearing legal roadblocks that stop volunteers from cleaning up abandoned mine sites. The agency is issuing new policies that will reduce legal uncertainties for public and private entities, or Good Samaritans, to help reclaim hardrock mine ...

  • To Preserve Precious Water Mines should be using GRP Pipes

    Conserving South Africa’s water is a top priority as a Water Affairs study shows that South Africans will be using more water by 2025 than is currently available. By 2030, it will be using 17% more, according to the 2030 Water Resources Group. To guarantee mine wastewater never contaminates South Africa’s water systems, mine operators should be using corrosive-resistant ...

  • Urgent clean-up of South Africa toxic mine liquid

    South Africa plans to set up a chain of pumping stations and treatment plants to prevent toxic liquids building up in defunct gold mines beneath Johannesburg from reaching dangerous levels. Water has already started leaking from abandoned mines west of Johannesburg in the so-called Western Basin. Immediate action is needed because acidic mine water is expected to reach environmentally critical ...

  • Pennsylvania DEP Releases Final White Paper on Using Mine Water for Drilling

     The Department of Environmental Protection announced today it has finalized the process it will use for encouraging and reviewing proposals to use mine-influenced water, such as acid mine drainage, in oil and gas operations. The process is outlined in a white paper the agency released today. "Abandoned mines present Pennsylvania with one of its biggest environmental challenges," DEP ...

  • Closure of Water Treatment Plant Latest Setback For Tulsequah Chief Mine Proposal

    Chieftain Metals announced on June 6 its intent to close the Interim Water Treatment Plant installed at the Tulsequah Chief site in November 2011 to address chronic acid mine drainage and heavy metals pollution. The company will now be violating its discharge permit. "Chieftain's halt to pollution control is another broken promise and more evidence this mine is simply not viable from an ...


    By Marketwire

  • Mine Discharge Pact Clears the Way for 9/11 Memorial

    HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, October 23, 2007 (ENS) - Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Kathleen McGinty Monday announced an agreement with a coal company that could lead the federal government closer to building a permanent memorial on the land near Shanksville, where United Flight 93 crashed September 11, 2001. United Flight 93 was one of four planes hijacked ...

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