Re-Assessing an Old Problem - Acid Mine Drainage

by Ralph Porges,
Lowell A. Van Den Berg,
Dwight Ballinger,


Serial Information: Journal of the Sanitary Engineering Division, 1966, Vol. 92, Issue 1, Pg. 69-84


Document Type: Journal Paper

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Abstract: Many state, interstate, and federal agencies have responsibilities in the control of acid mine drainage pollution or are involved with industry-related activities. The federal agency with the oldest and most continuous interest in stream pollution control is the Public Health Service. Congress has authorized a demonstration program to evaluate control measures. The first site has been established in West Virginia, with a second one in Pennsylvania. This program, conducted cooperatively by the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, the Department of the Interior, and agencies of the states concerned, involves a monitoring program to establish subtle and gross changes resulting from the control measures. Stream characteristics are being evaluated before and after the control measures by chemical, bacteriological, mycological, biological, and physical means.

Subject Headings: Drainage | Mines and mining | Acids | Public health and safety | Aging (material) | Federal government | Pollution | Industries | Pennsylvania | North America | United States | West Virginia

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