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

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

GEOLOGICAL SURVEY RESTON VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2005-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

59.0

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.

Subject Categories:

  • Mining Engineering

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE