PA Statewide Conference on AMD and AMR - Atherton Hotel, State College, PA - August 2006


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Abandoned Mine Drainage 101


Brent Means (Friday)
Office of Surface Mining

Bruce Golden (Saturday)
Regional Coordinator
Western Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation


Enjoy AMD from a chemistry point of view!  Learn about its origins and the chemical reactions responsible for its tremendous variability from one site to another.  Apply these lessons to layout and design of treatment systems.  Basic chemistry knowledge is helpful.


Brent Means holds a MS degree in Hydrogeology from Wright State University. He previously worked for USGS and was in coal consulting before joining OSM 6 years ago in the Harrisburg Field Office. Brent has made mine water treatment his passion; acting as a leader within the agency for the development of new and improved treatment technologies; Brent is the technical lead in development of AMDTreat, software developed to cost out treatment options and determine financial forecasting of future expenditures. Also Brent has been a lead developer and instructor of the OSM Passive Treatment Course and has been instrumental in developing the technical program for the Mine Water Treatment Conference.

Bruce Golden is the Regional Coordinator of the Western PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation, a non-profit organization in the bituminous coal fields of PA which lends a helping hand to groups dealing with abandoned mine reclamation problems. He oversees the operation of WPCAMR, directs the outreach efforts to watershed associations and other groups, coordinates grant and funding activities, and works with agencies and groups on current issues relevant to abandoned mine reclamation. He holds a B.S. and M.S in chemistry, an M.A. in Education, and has over 25 years prior experience in industry, education, and local non-profits.

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