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Characterization, Cleanup, and Revitalization of Mining Sites

Training and Events


  • Proceedings from the June 2023 40th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Reclamation Sciences featuring papers and presentations on remediating abandoned mine lands and active mine drainage treatment are available for review.
  • ITRC's new Reuse of Solid Mining Waste Team will examine environmentally safe reprocessing and reuse of solid mining waste, such as tailings, chat and waste rock. The team will create technical guidance and training to identify best management practices and potential solutions to address technical and regulatory barriers for reuse of waste materials.
  • The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations is offering Technical Assistance to communities and organizations interested in pursuing clean energy projects on current and former mine land.

Upcoming Internet Seminars

  • Sustainable Resilient Remediation
    March 26, 2024 | 1:00-3:15 EST

    Extreme weather events and wildfires are increasing, potentially impacting hazardous waste sites, including mining sites. In this webinar, learn about resources and tools to integrate sustainable and resilient practices into remediation projects.

  • U.S. EPA Superfund Remedial Program's Approach for Addressing Radioactive Contamination
    April 17, 2024 | 1:30-3:30 EST

    This webinar sponsored by EPA's Science Policy Branch will focus on EPA's recommended guidance documents for Applicable or Relevant and Appropriate Requirements (ARARs), risk assessment, and models for conducting risk and dose assessments to determine cleanup levels at radioactively contaminated Superfund sites, including mining sites.


Upcoming Meetings

  • MINEXCHANGE 2024 SME Annual Conference & Expo
    February 25-28, 2024 | Phoenix, AZ

    This event includes sessions on abandoned mine lands and mine closure and reclamation.

  • Mine Closure 2024 Conference
    March 15, 2024 | Perth, Australia

    This conference will cover effective mine closure planning and address legal, environmental, and practical challenges within western Australia and global mining sectors.

  • West Virginia Mine Drainage Task Force Symposium & 15th International Mine Water Association Congress
    April 21-26, 2024 | Morgantown, West Virginia

    This joint conference will explore a range of topics including acid mine drainage control and prevention techniques, active and passive treatment innovations and applications, and management of abandoned mine drainage water.

  • Water In Mining Global Summit
    May 16-17, 2024 | Vancouver, Canada

    This event includes a session "Mine Water Treatment Facilities: Development and Optimization" with a focus on technology innovation and targeting sulfate and selenium in mine water.

  • Joint Meeting of the American Society of Reclamation Sciences and the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative
    June 2-5, 2024 | Knoxville, TN

    The theme of this joint meeting is "Reclamation in Diverse Settings." Suggested topics include soil in reclamation, active and passive treatment to improve water quality, and reclaiming abandoned and legacy mining sites.

  • RemTech Europe
    September 23-27, 2024 | Virtual/Hybrid

    "Mining Sites and Coal Mines" is a proposed topic area for this international event, which will cover the latest developments in the remediation of contaminated sites and the application of new and sustainable technologies.

  • Mine Closure 2024
    November 26-28, 2024 | Perth, Western Australia

    Contaminant cleanup, residual impacts, water management, and acid mine drainage are proposed topics for this international conference.


Archived Internet Seminars, Videos, and Courses

Visit these links for copies of the presentation materials.

Other CLU-IN Webinars

EPA's Region 10, ORD, and OSRTI hosted a three-part workshop series on hardrock mine geochemistry and hydrology in 2013. The goals included enhancing participants' understanding of the key issues regarding water chemistry predictions, identifying potential sources of contamination from mine sites, and describing practices to mitigate or reclaim facilities to protect natural resources. Presenters included experts from EPA Headquarters, Regions, and ORD; the U.S. Geological Survey; and the U.S. Forest Service. The workshops were open to all agencies, tribes, consultants, and the general public, and are now archived and available for streaming. Supplementary materials and resources provided by the instructors are also available for download below.

Workshop 1 - Evaluating Water Chemistry Predictions at Hardrock Mine Sites

   » Detailed presentation descriptions and full archive

Workshop 2 - Mining Influenced Waters - Pathways for Off-Site Releases

   » Detailed presentation descriptions and full archive

Workshop 3 - Sampling, Monitoring and Remediation at Mine Sites

   » Detailed presentation descriptions and full archive



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