Academic journal article Environmental Health Perspectives

Acid Drainage Technology Initiative Metal Mining Sector. (Ehpnet)

Academic journal article Environmental Health Perspectives

Acid Drainage Technology Initiative Metal Mining Sector. (Ehpnet)

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The Acid Drainage Technology Initiative (ADTI) was begun in 1995 by the National Mining Association, the Interstate Mining Compact Commission, and federal agencies including the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to address AMD in the United States. Its work is performed in two sectors, coal mining and metal mining. The ADTI's Metal Mining Sector (MMS) has developed a website, located at http://www.unr.edu/mines/adti/index.html, to disseminate the information gathered through its programs.

The main focuses of the ADTI-MMS are technology development and technology transfer issues in the environmental management of metal mines. The initiative is charged with finding ways to reduce the extent and severity of AMD and its effects, developing consensus on environmental mine waste management technologies, identifying technological needs, and using sound scientific and technological bases to interpret, assess, and summarize published literature and operational practices.

The initial goal of the ADTI-MMS is to develop a series of workbooks for mine managers and planners, consultants, regulators, and others that compile and-analyze existing technical information on environmental mine waste management. The workbooks, which should be completed and available on the website in the near future, will cover sampling, monitoring, prediction, mitigation, and modeling. …

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