In 2005, BMI, as a member company of Environmentally Innovative Solutions, LLC, was responsible, in a cooperative effort with BAMR, the US Office of Surface Mining, and local residents and landowners, for characterizing an abandoned underground mine pool, evaluating solution options, and designing facilities to provide a permanent solution to a “blowout” within a densely-populated urban area. In addition to site reconnaissance and review of historical mining and water quality data, 13 piezometers were installed and pumping and mine pool response tests conducted, which led to the successful relocation of the discharge about ½-mile from the original “blowout” to a rural setting. In addition, devices to continuously monitor flow rate were installed and a secondary “back-up” discharge area was created. Conditions are now suitable for the installation of a treatment system. This project is also included in training programs through the US Office of Surface Mining for individuals from Pennsylvania and throughout the United States. Quoted below are comments received for this project.
“In closing, we would like to take the opportunity to thank both you and your staff for the exceptional work product and service that you have provided. We look forward to the successful completion of the project.” – J. Scott Horrell, Env. Prog. Mgr., Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation, PA DEP (04/26/05)
PA DEP, Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation
Emergency Contract EP 3555440000-05-01
McDonald Boro., Washington & Allegheny Co. PA
Robinson Twp., Washington Co.;
North Fayette Twp., Allegheny Co., PA
Richard Beam, PG, Proj. Advisor, Cambria Dist.
Office ([email protected]; 814-472-1853)
2005 Completion Date