Presentation on theme: "Acknowledgements Doug Grosse, ORD Rob Weber, Region 7"— Presentation transcript:
0 U.S. EPA Hardrock Mining Conference 2012: Advancing Solutions for a New Legacy April 3-5, 2012Denver, CODouglas GrosseU.S. EPA/ORD/NRMRL
1 Acknowledgements Doug Grosse, ORD Rob Weber, Region 7 David Reisman, ORDJim Lazorchak, ORDShahid Mahmud, OSWERChris Impelletteri, ORDBarbara Butler, ORDAlina Martin, SAICMichele Mahoney, OSWERSusie Warner, SCGGwen Campbell, Region 8John McCready, ORDJoy Jenkins, Region 8Cindy Sundblad, Region 8
2 Can We EfficientlyExtract and utilize resources (including by-products)Manage wastesReclamation/restorationProduce socio-economic advantagesAdvancing Solutions for a New LegacySustainable development that applies to the industrial minerals sector include:How can we extract and utilize resources (including by-products) more efficiently?How can we manage wastes more efficiently?How can we reclame and restore the lands we used for mining more efficientlyHow can we produce more socio-economic advantages (i.e profitability, closure, liability, etc)?How can we accomplish best practices with maximum economical effects while still incorporating a life cycle approach?
3 Estimate of Mining Sites in the USA Mining waste generated by active and inactive mining production facilities and its impact on human health and the environment are a growing problem for government entities, private industry, and the general public.
4 Collaboration EPA Program & Regional Offices NRMRL/ORD Industry PartnersStates/TribesWestern Governors AssociationAcademiaBLM/Forest ServiceDOE/DODUSGSThe MWTP has multiple partnerships industry, academia, BLM, Forest Service, DOE, Western Governors Association. It is critical to the MWTP’s success to collaborate with others. It is also been critical to identify a certain personality type that is willing to try new things:Bill Adams, EPA Region 10Ken Wangerud, EPA Region 8Mike Bishop, EPA region *Shannon Dunlap and Bill Upton all with Placer DomeOver the history of the MWTP, we have collaborated with dozens of entities
5 ORD’s Mining Programs Mine Waste Technology Program Engineering Technical Support CenterTechnology Transfer ProgramTwo big mining efforts in ORD are the :1.) Mine Waste Technology Program and 2.) Engineering Technical Support Center
6 Mine Waste Technology Program EPA-NRMRLTechnical Direction/OversightQuality Assurance OversightDOEAdministrative OversightMSEApplied ResearchField DemonstrationsTechnology ImplementationMontana TechBasic ResearchThe Department of Energy performs the administrative oversight and the National Risk Management Research Laboratory in Cincinnati does the technical oversight.The program is based out of Butte, Montana where MSE-Technology Applications performs the technology demonstrations while Montana Tech does the basic research. We have a Technical Integration Committee (TIC), which includes representatives from industry and state and federal regulatory communities reviews proposals and determines the direction of research within the MWTP. Projects are also peer reviewed by EPA-NRMRL at least twice a year. All final reports are peer reviewed.The MWTP also performs the following functions:Issue IdentificationQuality AssuranceTraining/EducationTechnology TransferThe MWTP is administered from MSE’s Butte, Montana office. The fact that large volumes of aqueous and solid mine waste are available in Butte has provided test beds for MWTP projects. Other locations around Montana have provided the majority of additional sites for MWTP projects.
7 NRMRL Engineering Technical Support Center Constructed WetlandsBioremediationMIW Treatment ProcessesLiquid/Solid PartitioningElectrolytic ProcessesSequestrationCappingIn an era of shrinking funding, treatment technologies must be cost-effective, with low operating and maintenance costs, and be sustainable treatment technologies. ETSC researchers are testing low-cost and innovative biochemical reactors that combine bacterial reactions with chemical processes (lime dissolution)to increase the pH of the acidic mine water.Constructed Wetlands with Bioreactors – Peerless Jenny Mine in MontanaSulfate Reducing Bioreactors – Leviathan Mine Site in CaliforniaBiochemical Reactors – Luttrell Repository in Montana
8 ORD Technology Transfer and Outreach 1998 Heavy Metals Contamination Workshop – 150 attendees1998 Mining Workshop – 300 attendees1999 Heavy Metals Contamination Workshop – 180 attendees1999 Pit Lakes Workshop – 240 attendees2000 Mercury Workshop – 275 attendees2001 Arsenic Workshop – 70 attendees2002 Hard Rock Mining Conference – 375 attendees2003 Workshop on Mining Impacted Native American Lands – 275 attendees2004 Pit Lakes – 250 attendees2005 Abandoned Mine Lands Workshop – 100 attendees2006 Hard Rock Mining Conference – 350 attendees2007 Abandoned Mine Lands Workshop – Coeur d’Alene, IdahoMine Operations, Design, and Closure ConferencesThese are the major meetings that have come out from ORD…….they are mostly Mine Waste Technology Program sponsored but you don’t need to say that.
9 2012 Registration by Affiliation Affiliation TypeNo. of RegistrationsPercentageAcademia226%Consultant12031%Federal Agency11630%Local Agency21%Non-Governmental OrganizationNon-Profit Association185%Other62%Private Sector6417%Regional Agency10%State Agency20Trade AssociationTribal103%Total381100%
10 U.S. EPA HRM 2012 Conference Agenda Tuesday, April 3rdPlenary – Doug Grosse and David Reisman, ORDCase Studies – Joy Jenkins, Region 8Innovative Technology and Techniques – Rob Weber, Region 7Evening – Poster SessionWednesday, April 4thRemediation and Stabilization: Natural Materials – Michele Mahoney, OSWERMonitoring and Treatment – Erna Waterman, Region 8Engineering Covers and Capping – Doug Grosse, ORDMetals and Metalloids – Barbara Butler, ORDRare Earth Elements – Gwen Campbell, Region 8Sustainability/Life Cycle – Carol Russell, Region 8Thursday, April 5rdOpportunities for Re-Use and Site Management – Shahid Mahmud, OSWERClosing Remarks and Q&A
11 U.S. EPA Websites EPA’s Abandoned Mine Lands Program: Mine Waste Technology Program:NRMRL:Some of the mine related websites