EPCAMR Awards 4 Regional ARIPPA AMD/AML Reclamation Awards to Improve Local Waterways in the amount of $2500

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.


1. Luzerne Conservation District$500; Restoration of Nockley’s Tributary within the Solomon Creek Watershed, Hanover Township, Luzerne County, PA
The project will result in the removal of heavy sedimentation and woody debris dams within the tributary and repair and restore severely eroded streambanks and stormwater outlets flowing into the stream.
Stormwater Pipe along S. Main Street entering Nockley's Tributary

Stormwater Pipe along S. Main Street entering Nockley’s Tributary

2. Mehoopany Creek Watershed Association-$1000; South Branch Mehoopany Creek Liming Project, Wyoming County, Forkston Township, PA
50 Tons of limestone sand will be applied to the South Branch of Mehoopany Creek to increase the pH levels in the stream to improve the fishery habitat and water quality in the Mehoopany Creek watershed historically impaired by acidity.
Limestone sand dosing of Stony Brook in 2011 in the Mehoopany Creek Watershed

Limestone sand dosing of Stony Brook in 2011 in the Mehoopany Creek Watershed

3. Plymouth Historical Society-$500; Historic Avondale Mine Disaster Illegal Dump Site Cleanup
The Plymouth Historical Society will lead a volunteer cleanup of illegally dumped garbage at the historic Avondale Mine Disaster Site where EPCAMR has completed several historic preservation projects in the past, located in Plymouth Township, Luzerne County, PA
Tons of trash illegally dumped at the foot of the Avondale Mine Disaster Site in Plymouth Township along the Susquehanna Warrior Trail

Tons of trash illegally dumped at the foot of the Avondale Mine Disaster Site in Plymouth Township along the Susquehanna Warrior Trail

4. Lackawanna Valley Conservancy, Inc.-$500; Lower Lackawanna Mine Drainage Property Acquisition Program towards the Old Forge Borehole AMD Treatment Feasibility Project
The Lackawanna Valley Conservancy, Inc. will be applying the funds towards the costs of an initial real estate appraisal on the value of abandoned mine lands that are being proposed to be acquired by their partners, the Lackawanna River Corridor Association, EPCAMR, and the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, in an effort to secure the property to be used for future AMD Treatment of the Old Forge AMD Borehole, Old Forge Borough, Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties, PA
Old Forge AMD Borehole entering the Lackawanna River

Old Forge AMD Borehole entering the Lackawanna River











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/

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