2019 WV Mine Drainage Task Force

Morgantown, West Virginia
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
2019 WV Mine Drainage Task Force
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 8:00 AM -
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place
(304) 296-1700
Two WaterFront Place
Morgantown, West Virginia 26501
United States

Map and Directions

The West Virginia Mine Drainage Task Force was formed in 1978 and assigned to investigate the acid mine drainage (AMD) problem associated with surface mining in central West Virginia. Since then, the Task Force has broadened its scope to include areas outside of West Virginia with many diverse mine drainage issues.

Task Force members represent the mining industry, regulators, private consultants, and scientists. The objectives of the Task Force are to keep current on new developments in mine drainage research, treatment and control practices, and to present this information at annual symposia. Task Force Symposia have been held every year since 1980.  The 2019 Symposium will be the 40th Meeting of the Task Force!  How many have you attended?


Marriott Waterfront Hotel
Morgantown, West Virginia
March 26-27, 2019

Tuesday Morning, March 26, 2019

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.          Registration

9:00 – 9:05 a.m.     Welcome: Ben Faulkner, Chairman of the Task Force,
Princeton, WV     
                             Moderator: Randy Maggard, Murray Energy,
Morgantown, WV           

9:05 – 9:30 a.m.     Status of West Virginia Mining and Reclamation  
                                Harold Ward
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
Charleston, WV

9:30 – 10:00 a.m.    OSM Update on Mining, Reclamation and AMD
Tom Shope
Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
Pittsburgh, PA

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.       BREAK 

10:30 - 11:00 a.m.   Comprehensive Strategy for Pittsburgh Mine Pool
Frank Borsuk
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Wheeling, WV 

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.   Federal Policies under US Army Corps of Engineers
William James
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Nashville, TN 

11:30 – 12:00 Noon    Use of Underground Mine Pools for Multiple Uses
Nick Schaer
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
Charleston, WV

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.         LUNCH

Tuesday Afternoon, March 26, 2019

1:30 - 1: 35 p.m.     Regroup                                    
Moderator:  Mike Isabell, Mission Coal, Summersville, WV

1:35 - 2:00 p.m.       2018-19 Legislative Issues on Mining, Reclamation and
Water Quality
Jason Bostic
West Virginia Coal Association
Charleston, WV

2:00 - 2:30 p.m.      SMCRA and Clean Water Act Permitting
Dustin Johnson
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
Charleston, WV

2:30 - 3:00 p.m.      Treatment Design and Progress at the Richard Mine
Sarah Cayton
Friends of Deckers Creek
Morgantown, WV

3:00 - 3:30 p.m.           BREAK

3:30 - 4:00 p.m.    Treatment or Abatement of Abandoned Mine Drainage
Using AML Pilot Program Funding in Pennsylvania
Eric Cavazza
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Charleston, WV

4:00 - 4:30 p.m.    Overview of Active Mine Drainage Treatment Facilities
Operated by the Pennsylvania DEP and Bureau of AML
Rich Beam
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Ebensburg, PA

4:30 - 5:00 p.m.     Latest on Processing Rare Earth Elements from AMD
Paul Ziemkiewicz  
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV

5:15 – 7:30 p.m.          RECEPTION AND EXHIBIT SESSION

Wednesday Morning, March 27, 2019

7:30 – 8:00 a.m.     Registration
8:00 – 8:05 a.m.     Moderator: Tiff Hilton, WOPEC, Lewisburg, WV

8:05 – 8:30 a.m.      Evaluation and Redesign of Wetland/ALD Passive
System in North Fork of
the Blackwater River, WV    
Bob Hedin
Hedin Environmental
Pittsburgh, PA

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.     Experiences and Challenges with Selenium Treatment
                                Jim Constant  
ERP Environmental Fund, Inc.
Madison, WV

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.   Selenium Fish Tissue Implementation
Jennie Henthorn
Henthorn Environmental Services
Charleston, WV

9:30 – 10 :00 a.m.   Contaminants of Mixed-Use Watersheds in WV
Elliott Kellner
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.      BREAK

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.  Removal of Excess Gaseous and Aqueous Sulfide from
Vertical Flow Bioreader Effluent Using Activated Carbon
and Solar-Powered Blowers
Robert Nairn
University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK              

11:00 - 11:30 a.m.  Evaluation and Refurbishing Passive Treatment Systems
Tim Danehy
Biomost, Inc.
Mars, PA

11:30 – 12:00 noon     Distribution of Flow for Active and Passive Treatment
Tiff Hilton  
Working on People’s Environmental Concerns
Lewisburg, WV

12:00 noon                  Adjourn


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