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


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Interpreting Lab Reports


Richard L. Beam
Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation
PA Department of Environmental Protection

Shirley Sholtis
Geologic Specialist
Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation
PA Department of Environmental Protection


Examine abbreviations, numbers, and units on lab reports.  Learn the most useful components of these and how to interpret the results.


Mr. Richard Beam is a licensed professional geologist in the Environmental Services Section of the Cambria District Office of the Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. His primary duties include the evaluation of abandoned mine sites where mine drainage abatement projects are proposed and preparation or review of watershed studies to determine AMD impacts and potential abatement methods and or site selection. Rich is responsible for the collection and analysis of surface and subsurface geologic and hydrologic information needed for the development and design of reclamation projects. He also provides technical assistance to local organizations with respect to AMD abatement projects. Rich graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown with a B.S. Degree in Geology. He was previously employed, for approximately 3 years, by a Geotechnical Engineering Firm in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and for the past 20 years has worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection in both the surface coal mining regulatory program and the abandoned mine land program.

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