EPCAMR has once again partnered with the Anthracite Region Independent Power Producer’s Association (ARIPPA) to offer a competitive award to watershed organizations working on Abandoned Mine Land (AML) and/or Abandoned Mine Drainage (AMD) remediation projects in the Anthracite Region. Grants, at a maximum of $2,500, will be awarded to at least one eligible environmental organization or Conservation District in the Region. EPCAMR is hoping to see several good project proposals that we can help fund for this year. Grant proposals should be for on-the-ground AML/AMD construction projects with a completion date between August 2014 and August 2016.
Grant application deadline for the current round is: July 10, 2015
The amount granted is dependent upon demonstrated need. Organizations applying must support the mission of ARIPPA, including the removal and conversion of waste coal into alternative energy and the beneficial use of CFB ash for AML/AMD reclamation. Founded in 1988, ARIPPA is a non-profit trade association based in Camp Hill, PA. Members can be located throughout the Anthracite and Bituminous Regions of Pennsylvania.
Members are comprised of:
- Independent electric-generating plants producing alternative energy and/or steam from coal refuse
- 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 their natural state or have been reclaimed 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 have 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 byproducts. There are many beneficial uses for CFB ash, including: filling mine pits, replacing lime (for acid mine drainage remediation), amending soil at mining sites, and adding to concrete for roadways.
The unique nature of ARIPPA’s work combined with the desire to coordinate efforts with environment-oriented groups and governmental agencies symbolizes a commitment to improving the landscape and environment of our nation. You can obtain the official Request for Proposals and supporting documents at the following links:
You can learn more about ARIPPA at: www.arippa.org
Awards granted under the guidance and administration of EPCAMR and WPCAMR:
ARIPPA is offering competitive awards to watershed organizations working on AML and/or AMD remediation projects.
The awards distributed this year will total $5,000 statewide.
Watershed protection is one of the fastest growing areas of community-based collaboration. Throughout the country, watershed groups are playing an increasingly prominent role in environmental management. With their local focus and community base, watershed groups are building consensus and expanding participation within communities across Pennsylvania. It is not uncommon for organizations to operate on an annual unrestricted budget of less than $5,000, while at the same time implementing $100,000 projects that directly benefit communities and the environment.
AML projects in particular are costly and are long-term endeavors, often taken on by non-profit organizations that operate through grant funds. According to the Pennsylvania Department Of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) Mining Reclamation Advisory Board (MRAB), the average cost of an AML project falls in a range of $8,000 to $20,000 per acre. If AMD is present on those lands, the cost could be even higher. Pennsylvania organizations have relied heavily on Growing Greener funds, which have dwindled in recent years, making it more difficult to fund AML projects. The ARIPPA AML/AMD Reclamation Awards are designed to help environmental organizations and Conservation Districts secure extra match and leverage additional funds.
The Eastern and Western Pennsylvania Coalitions of Abandoned Mine Reclamation (EPCAMR and WPCAMR) are organizations working to encourage the reclamation, remediation, and redevelopment of lands and streams polluted by historic coal mining. They serve as liaisons between industry, governmental agencies, and watershed organizations and offer conferences, educational opportunities, and technical assistance. They endorse state-of-the-art technologies in conjunction with grass roots efforts to solve AML problems. EPCAMR and WPCAMR support the efforts of ARIPPA and administer the ARIPPA AML/AMD Reclamation Awards.
Grants are awarded to at least one eligible environmental organization or Conservation District in the Anthracite Region and one eligible environmental organization or Conservation District in the Bituminous Region in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania actively working on AML/AMD issues. Grant proposals should be for “on-the-ground” AML/AMD construction projects with a completion date between one year earlier than the deadline and one year later. The amount granted is dependent upon demonstrated need. Applying organizations must support the mission of ARIPPA, including the removal and conversion of coal refuse into alternative energy and the beneficial use of CFB ash for AML/AMD reclamation purposes.
In 2014, ARIPPA awarded $5,000 via the AML/AMD Reclamation Award Program, funding several projects throughout the state including:
- Evergreen Conservancy: $1,250 to purchase rechargeable batteries at the Tanoma Renewable Energy AMD Treatment System.
- Altman Watershed Association for Restoring the Environment (AWARE): $1,250 for construction activities associated with an AMD treatment system built in partnership with Robindale Energy
- Babb Creek Watershed Association: $1,300 for replacement parts for the Antrim AMD Treatment System
- Mehoopany Creek Watershed Association: $500 for the purchase of lime sand for dosing
- Centralia Illegal Dump Site Cleanup: $700 for the purchase of supplies and hauling of trash
In 2013, ARIPPA awarded $5,000 via the AML/AMD Reclamation Award Program, funding several projects throughout the state including:
- Allegheny Valley Land Trust: for the construction of a system to collect sediment from a spoil pile along the Allegheny River
- Evergreen Conservancy: to purchase and install a new water turbine at Tanoma Wetlands, a passive mine drainage treatment system at the headwaters of Crooked Creek, a tributary of the Allegheny River. Combined with a wind turbine and solar panels installed previously, the system will be aerated 24/7.
- Luzerne Conservation District: $500 for the removal of heavy sedimentation and woody debris dams within the tributary and to repair severely eroded stream banks and storm water outlets flowing into the stream
- Mehoopany Creek Watershed Association: $1,000 for 50 Tons of limestone sand that was applied to the South Branch of Mehoopany Creek to increase the pH levels in the stream, improving the fishery habitat and water quality in the creek; historically impaired by acidity
- Plymouth Historical Society: $500 to clean up illegally dumped garbage at the historic Avondale Mine Disaster Site where EPCAMR completed several historic preservation projects in the past; located in Plymouth Township, Luzerne County, PA
- Lackawanna River Corridor Association: $500 for a real estate appraisal on abandoned mine lands hoped to be secured to by their partner, the Lackawanna Valley Conservancy, in an effort to use for future AMD treatment of the Old Forge AMD Borehole, on the border of Luzerne and Lackawanna County
In 2012, ARIPPA awarded $10,000 via the AML/AMD Reclamation Award Program, funding several projects throughout the state including:
- Sewickley Creek Watershed Association: $2,500 for Iron sludge recovery in the Marchand AMD Treatment System
- Chestnut Ridge Chapter of Trout Unlimited: $2,500 for lime dosing
- Babb Creek Watershed Association: $1,000 offset cost of micro-hydroelectric turbines that utilize 2 billion gal/day of the Antrim AMD to generate electricity
- Eastern Middle Anthracite Region Recovery, Inc.: $1,000 for refurbishment of hydroelectric components on the Audenried AMD Treatment System
- Loyalsock Creek Watershed Association: $2,500 to purchase and apply limestone to continue the treatment of a large AMD seep at WALA Lake
- Shamokin Creek Restoration Alliance: $500 to restore roadway, remove silt from pond 2, block entrances, and install signs at Carbon Run Site 42 AMD Treatment System
In 2011, ARIPPA awarded $10,000 via the AML/AMD Reclamation Award Program, funding several projects throughout the state including:
- Blackleggs Creek Watershed Association: $2,500 for the construction of a concrete pad for a lime dosing silo in the Bear Run Treatment Complex
- Stream Restoration, Inc.: $2,500 for project costs associated with removing waste coal refuse to be used in energy production and the construction of an AMD treatment system
- Schuylkill Headwaters Association: $3,000 for the Wagner Run Restoration project to keep water in the stream channel, reducing the volume of the Pine Knot AMD discharge
- Huber Breaker Preservation Society (HBPS): $1,000 for the Huber Memorial Park pedestrian access gate project to place a gate in a wrought iron fence surrounding the property
- Eastern Middle Anthracite Region Recovery, Inc.: $1,000 for the Audenreid Micro-Hydro AMD Treatment System raw water intake project to provide reliable flow to the system
In 2010, ARIPPA celebrated its 20th Anniversary by awarding $20,000 via the AML/AMD Reclamation Award Program, funding several projects throughout the state including:
- Clearfield Creek Watershed Association: $8,000 for Swank 13 AMD Passive Treatment
- Evergreen Conservancy: $2,000 for alternative energy development at Tanoma Wetlands
- Earth Conservancy: $460 to replace informational signage on the Mocanaqua Loop Trail developed on abandoned mine lands
- Schuylkill Headwaters Association: $4,770 to repair the Glendower Breech which will return a stream back to its original channel avoiding contact with coal sediment
- Eastern Middle Anthracite Region Recovery, Inc.: $4,770 for construction of a raw water intake on the Audenreid Treatment System to increase flow to the micro-hydro turbines