Symposium Program

2019 West Virginia Mine Drainage
Task Force Symposium

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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
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 Management
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 a.m. – 12:00 Noon Use of Underground Mine Pools for Multiple Uses
Nick Schaer
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
Charleston, WV
12:00 Noon – 1:30 p.m. LUNCH

Tuesday Afternoon, March 26, 2019

1:30 – 1:35 p.m. REGROUP
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 Discharge
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 Products
Paul Ziemkiewicz
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV

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 Bioreactor 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 a.m. – 12:00 Noon Distribution of Flow for Active and Passive Treatment Systems
Tiff Hilton
Working on People’s Environmental Concerns
Lewisburg, WV
12:00 noon ADJOURN