Accession Number : ADA439199


Title :   Assessment of Characteristics and Remedial Alternatives for Abandoned Mine Drainage: Case Study at Staple Bend Tunnel Unit of Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, Cambria County, Pennsylvania, 2004


Corporate Author : GEOLOGICAL SURVEY RESTON VA


Personal Author(s) : Cravotta, Charles A , III


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a439199.pdf


Report Date : Jan 2005


Pagination or Media Count : 59


Abstract : This report describes field, laboratory, and computational methods that could be used to assess remedial strategies for abandoned mine drainage (AMD). During April-June, 2004, the assessment process was applied to AMD from bituminous coal deposits at a test site in the Staple Bend Tunnel Unit of Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site (ALPO-SBTU) in Cambria County, Pennsylvania. The purpose of this study was (1) to characterize the AMD quantity and quality within the ALPO-SBTU test site; (2) to evaluate the efficacy of limestone or steel slag for neutralization of the AMD on the basis of reaction-rate measurements; and (3) to identify possible alternatives for passive or active treatment of the AMD. The data from this case study ultimately will be used by the National Park Service (NPS) to develop a site remediation plan. The approach used in this study could be applicable at other sites subject to drainage from abandoned coal or metal mines.


Descriptors :   *DRAINAGE , *HISTORIC SITES , *MINES(EXCAVATIONS) , *RAILROAD TUNNELS , *PENNSYLVANIA , GRAPHS , BITUMINOUS COAL , LIMESTONE , TABLES(DATA)


Subject Categories : Mining Engineering


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE