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OSMRE Introduces New Version of Water-Treatment Software; AMDTreat 5 Plus Saves Money, Protects Environment

Thursday, November 29, 2012, at Forwardstown, PA, treatment site.

On Thursday, November 29, 2012, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Geological Survey, formally released the latest version of a water treatment software package that provides scientists with a way to economically and dependably create active and passive treatment plans. The software package has provided communities around the world with significant savings while also eliminating serious threats to local environments.

Pennsylvania is home to one location where AMDTreat 5 Plus has allowed the State to achieve several million dollars in savings over time while also protecting the environment from acid mine drainage polluted water. To see the story, please take a moment to view the video below.

The 13-acre site, near Forwardstown, PA, is also compelling because of the technique used. Needle-like venturis transport polluted water from a nearby underground mine to the settling ponds. The only power used to generate the 600 gallon-per-minute flow is pressure from the mine itself.

Venturis splatter cleaning up acid mine drainage Venturis splatter cleaning up acid mine drainage

The venturis are designed to splatter the iron-laden water against a hard surface, which helps physically break the iron away from the water.

Pavilion on site

A pavilion on the site serves to commemorate the donation of the land by a local couple, who wanted not only to treat the water, but also to create a place for environmental education.

Commemoration Plaque

The wife of the couple died shortly before the project's completion. A plaque in the pavilion explains her commitment to reclaiming the land, protecting the environment, and providing for education.

These photos and more are available from OSMRE on request (call 202-208-2565). The YouTube video is free to use by print, online and broadcast media. High definition video of the site is also available for download by broadcasters that need graphic-free video content.

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AMDTreat Homepage Media Advisory: Unveiling of AMDTreat v 5.0.1 Plus

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