Remining as a Tool to Address AMD Problems
Michael W. Smith
Moshannon District Mining Manager
PA Department of Environmental Protection
Remining can be an effective tool for abandoned mine drainage (AMD) abatement. This process includes the extraction of remaining coal reserves from previously mined lands. Through remining, these areas are reclaimed to today’s standards and polluted discharges can often be eliminated, or at least improved. Financed partially or entirely by coal removal, little or no public funds are required. Remining, through government financed construction contracts (GFCCs) and surface mining permits have resulted in very significant reclamation of abandoned mine lands in Pennsylvania and have resulted in substantial water quality improvements.
Mike Smith has degrees in geology and environmental science from Susquehanna University and Penn State. He has been the Moshannon District Mining Manager for the past 15 years and has been with PA DEP for 25 years.