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National and Regional Technology Transfer Teams

Technology transfer is an interactive process that involves the development of technical information through workshops, forums, benchmarking symposiums, OSMRE’s applied science funding program, and by partnering with other technical programs. The information gathered by the processes is transferred among our Federal, State, Tribal, industry, and academic partners through training, publications, exhibits, conferences, and websites. Strategies to apply new technologies are developed during technical consultation and assistance services provided by OSMRE. OSMRE continues to explore and promote innovative methods to promulgate new technologies that enhance the protection of the environment during mining and reclamation and improve efficiencies in the mining process.

National Technology Transfer Team (NTTT)

OSMRE established a National Technology Transfer Team (NTTT) in April of 2003 to provide a forum to guide, coordinate, and communicate OSMRE’s national and regional technology transfer activities. The NTTT is composed of members from OSMRE and from States that administer coal mining activities. OSMRE is represented by members from Headquarters, the National Technical Training Program (NTTP), Technical Innovation and Professional Services (TIPS), and three OSMRE Regions (Appalachian, Mid-Continent, and Western).

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Regional Teams

One primary reason OSMRE is divided into regions is that the varying geographies present different environmental challenges to the process of mining and reclamation. As such, to identify, advance, and develop technical solutions in a way that is most appropriate to a given region, OSMRE utilizes regional technology transfer teams comprised of a technical representative from each of the States, Tribes, OSMRE Divisions and Field Offices in that region. These regional efforts can then support the national effort by advancing discussion of issues and solutions to the NTTT for dissemination and implementation in other regions. The States are represented by the Interstate Mining Compact Commission, the Western Interstate Energy Board, and the National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Program.

Appalachian Region Technology Transfer (ARTT)

The The OSMRE Appalachian Region Reading Room provides information on the various technical aspects of mining and reclamation processes. Available within the AR Reading Room is a listing of publically available studies, publications, and other documentation about topics, such as surface mine design, evaluation, environmental protection, impoundments, reclamation design, and water quality and protection.

ARTT Events

Flight 93, Passive Treatment System - a project that provides a way to help clean up acid mine drainage water from an underground coal mine near the crash site. The treatment systems put in place on the site to combat Iron and Manganese issues in the water include the passive technology capable of reducing total suspended metals to less than 2.0 mg/L (Enhanced Solids Fe Removal) and the passive technology capable of removing manganese to less than 1.0 mg/L at pH 7 (Passive Removal of Manganese at Circumneutral pH).

Trompe, Passive Treatment System - a project that uses a modern version of the ancient technology to clean up pollution from 20th-century mining. This project is believed to be the first use of a trompe to eliminate mine water pollution.

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Mid-Continent Region Technology Transfer Team (MCRTTT)

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