EPCAMR is proud to announce that our review committee has selected the following 2013 ARIPPA AMD/AML RECLAMATION AWARDS following our review of the proposals submitted by August 1, 2013 to assist the groups with costs of operation, maintenance, and repairs of abandoned mine drainage (AMD) Treatment Systems, watershed restoration projects, historical preservation efforts, land acquisition costs, and illegal dump site cleanups on abandoned mine sites within their communities. $2500 is being awarded for 2013 thanks to a generous contribution of the donation to EPCAMR from ARIPPA that we have chosen to disperse back out to our local communities to improve our rivers and streams impacted by AMD.
Organized in 1988, ARIPPA is a non-profit trade association based in Camp Hill PA. Membership is located in both the Anthracite and Bituminous Regions of Pennsylvania and comprised of:
- Independent electric generating plants producing alternative energy and/or steam from coal refuse and
- Businesses associated with the coal refuse – to -alternative energy industry.
Accordingly, ARIPPA is organized to:
- advance the alternative energy electric power production industry,
- encourage education about the generation of alternative energy and related industries,
- promote the environmentally responsible production of electric power,
- promote the utilization of alternative energy electric power,
- endorse the continuity and growth of the alternative energy power production industry,
- assist in meeting this country’s energy, industrial, economic, and environmental needs.
Due in part to ARIPPA member activities, unsightly coal refuse piles and the problems associated with them are gradually disappearing. Thousands of acres of land have been and continue to be reclaimed to a natural state or for productive use and future development. ARIPPA facilities remove and utilize coal refuse from both past and current mining activities, thereby abating acid mine drainage from coal refuse piles. ARIPPA reports that 145 million tons of coal refuse has been processed and converted into alternative energy by their member plants from 1998 to 2008. Further, the technology used to convert coal refuse to electricity, known as Circulating Fluidized Bed (CFB) technology, produces alkaline-rich ash by-products. There are many beneficial uses for CFB ash including; filling mine pits, as a replacement for lime (for acid mine drainage remediation), for acid mine drainage remediation, as a soil amendment at mining sites, and/or as a concrete additive for roadways.
The unique nature of ARIPPA’s work combined with the desire to coordinate efforts with environmentally oriented groups and governmental agencies symbolize a commitment to improving the landscape and environment of our nation. You can learn more about ARIPPA at: http://www.arippa.org/