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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. EPA Technology Innovation and Field Services Division

Re-imagining the Future of Mining Sites

Sponsored by: U.S. EPA, Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM), Superfund Redevelopment Initiative

Archived: Wednesday, December 7, 2016
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Mining activities form an integral part of both historic and current economies in the United States. However, mining operations can also leave behind legacies of contamination. While abandoned mines no longer operate, many continue to have impacts on human health and the environment. At the same time, new and existing mining operations continue to expand. EPA works with mining stakeholders, including other federal agencies, states, tribes, local groups, and industries, not only to address the serious health and environmental challenges posed by some mining practices, but also to support the reuse of these areas to benefit the surrounding community. This webinar will explore the broad spectrum of safe and productive reuses possible at mining sites and present a case study highlighting several of these reuses in practice at a mining site in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Presenters:

Melissa FriedlandMelissa Friedland, EPA Superfund Redevelopment Initiative (friedland.melissa@epa.gov)
Melissa Friedland is the Superfund Program Manager for Redevelopment and supports the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative, EPA's effort to return contaminated Superfund sites to productive use. Ms. Friedland has been involved with the Initiative since its inception in 1999. She is also the National Program Manager for the Superfund Job Training Initiative in Regions 1 - 5. She has worked at EPA since 1980, beginning in the RCRA program, followed by enforcement, and moving to the Superfund program in 1985. Ms. Friedland has managed the Superfund community involvement program and has served on detail to EPA's New England regional office, the Department of the Navy and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. She has also worked as a volunteer mediator with the District of Columbia government.


Frank AvvisatoFrank Avvisato, EPA Superfund Redevelopment Initiative (avvisato.frank@epa.gov)


Michele MahoneyMichele Mahoney, EPA Technology Innovation and Field Services Division (mahoney.michele@epa.gov)
Michele Mahoney works on contaminated site remediation and reuse within EPA's Superfund program. She provides support to practitioners on the use of soil amendments for remediation and redevelopment/reuse, ecological revitalization, terrestrial carbon sequestration, and urban gardening. She also researches and compiles information on mining site remediation technology and land reuse, and manages content development for the EcoTools and Mining pages on CLU-IN.org. Michele recently led the development of a resource guide on treatment technologies for mining-influenced water.

Michele has worked with EPA for over 14 years. Prior to her current responsibilities, Michele served the Agency as the lead for food waste composting issues and as an environmental fate and ecological risk assessor for pesticide registration.


Kerri FiedlerKerri Fiedler, EPA Region 8 (fiedler.kerri@epa.gov)
Kerri Fiedler is the Remedial Project Manager for EPA on the Kennecott North and South Zones. Kerri has been in EPA's Superfund Remedial program since 2009. Before that she spent 9 years in EPA's Air Program. Kerri has a chemical engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines.


Douglas BaconDouglas Bacon, Utah Department of Environmental Quality (dbacon@utah.gov)
Douglas Bacon has worked for the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (UDEQ) sine 1997. Beginning with the Division of Water Quality - Monitoring Section, Doug gained a vast knowledge of the secret gems in Utah to get away from it all. In 1999 he moved into the Division of Environmental Response & Remediation and assumed the management and day to day oversight of response actions at the Kennecott North and South Zones, Superfund Site. Doug is also Utah's Natural Resource Damage Trustee representative overseeing the response actions by Kennecott and a local water service district to address two groundwater plumes underlying a 72-square mile area and provision of treated water to the affected communities. The NRD project represents one of the first applications of reverse osmosis to treat mining influenced water and provision of treated water to the public in the Western US (based on production volumes). Since 2008 Doug has been a member of the Interstate Technology Regulatory Council (ITRC) first assisting the Mine Waste Treatment Technology and Biochemical Reactors for Treating Mining Influenced Water teams. He actively participates in the implementation of and training on the use of these guidance documents. In 2014 Doug was appointed as Utah's Point of Contact. In 2016 he was appointed to the Board of Advisors as the newly selected State Engagement Coordinator. Doug has a B.S. degree in Environmental Biology from Plymouth State College and holds "Certified Public Manager" credentials from Utah's Certified Public Managers Program.


John BirkinshawJohn Birkinshaw, Kennecott Utah Copper (john.birkinshaw@riotinto.com)
John Birkinshaw is the Principal Advisor Land Resources for Rio Tinto's Copper and Diamonds Product Group and directly responsible for land management activities at Kennecott Utah Copper's operations in Salt Lake City, Utah. Mr. Birkinshaw's primary management responsibilities include; land reclamation and remediation with direct management of the organization's CERLCA land related activities. He is also responsible for land development planning, commercial leasing, and land divestment activities. He has worked at Rio Tinto since 1992, beginning in the Environmental Remediation Group, which performed the remedial activities on the various Operable Units within the Kennecott South Zone site. He then moved to Rio Tinto's land development company, Kennecott Land, where he was involved in the initial planning and development of the Daybreak Community. Mr. Birkinshaw is now focused on completing numerous components necessary to advance Kennecott's North Zone Consent Decree.


Moderators:

Michele MahoneyMichele Mahoney, U.S. EPA Technology Innovation and Field Services Division (mahoney.michele@epa.gov)
Michele Mahoney works on contaminated site remediation and reuse within EPA's Superfund program. She provides support to practitioners on the use of soil amendments for remediation and redevelopment/reuse, ecological revitalization, terrestrial carbon sequestration, and urban gardening. She also researches and compiles information on mining site remediation technology and land reuse, and manages content development for the EcoTools and Mining pages on CLU-IN.org. Michele recently led the development of a resource guide on treatment technologies for mining-influenced water.

Michele has worked with EPA for over 14 years. Prior to her current responsibilities, Michele served the Agency as the lead for food waste composting issues and as an environmental fate and ecological risk assessor for pesticide registration.


Jean M BalentJean Balent, U.S. EPA Technology Innovation and Field Services Division (balent.jean@epa.gov)
Ms Balent is on the staff of the EPA's Technology Innovation and Field Services Division where she has worked to collect and disseminate hazardous waste remediation and characterization information since 2003. Ms Balent manages the Clean Up Information Network website and actively supports online communication and collaboration resources available to EPA. She formerly worked with the US Army Corps of Engineers Environmental Engineering Division in the Buffalo District. Ms Balent was also a member of the SUNY-Buffalo Groundwater Research Group where she constructed and tested large scale models of groundwater flow. Ms Balent has also conducted research relating to the Great Lakes, environmental remediation, and brownfields re-development. She holds a Bachelor's degree in environmental engineering from SUNY-Buffalo and a Master's degree in Information Technology from AIU.





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Jean Balent
Technology Integration and Information Branch

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Technology Integration and Information Branch

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