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


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David Barnes
Advantage Grant Program Manager
Small Business Ombudsman's Office
PA Department of Environmental Protection

Dan Sammarco, P.E.
Chief-Planning, Development & AMD Operations Unit
Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation
PA Department of Environmental Protection


Discover new technologies allowing products of abandoned mines to become useful and about legislation encouraging these developments.  Explore capital investment options through loan funds and small business benefits.  Discuss programs available through the Small Business Ombudsman’s Office to assist in such ventures.


David Barnes graduated from Penn State in 1976 with a B.S. in Environmental Engineering. He has worked as a project manager, project engineer, and resident construction engineer in the private sector and is currently working for the PADEP Small Business Ombudsman's Office, managing the Advantage Grant Program.

Dan Sammarco works for the PA Dept. of Environmental Protection's Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation, where he is Chief-Planning, Development & AMD Operations Unit. He has a BS in mining engineering from Penn State University and an MBA from Indiana University of PA. Dan has over 19 years experience in designing and managing abandoned mine reclamation type projects, including passive and active acid mine drainage projects, and 4 years experience in underground coal mining industry.

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