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Prediction & Control

Before coal or metal mining, analytical techniques are available to predict the presence and abundance of sulfide materials. These techniques can be used to predict the likelihood or degree of acid mine drainage pollution. During the process of mining for coal or other materials, or during the construction of highways or buildings, methods can be employed to minimize the exposure of sulfide minerals to oxidizing environments, manage the water on the site, and to control the formation of acid by alkaline addition or special mining techniques. Learn about these prediction and control techniques.

A dump truck unloads a load of fill from a mine site.

Acid-Base Accounting for Surface Mines

Two men examine the Smith-Bakerstown coal seam.

Acid-Base Accounting to Predict Post-Mining Drainage Quality

A man catches a bucket of AMD water flowing from along Dinkenberger Rd.

Acidity Decline of Above-Drainage Underground Mines in West Virginia