Reclamation Committee Meeting

Wednesday, February 21, 2001
Rachel Carson State Office Building
9:00 a.m.


Members/alternates in attendance: Jack Chamberlin (Member); Todd Lawton (Alternate); Lisa Mahall (Member); David Mankamyer (Member); Dave Strong (Member); Bruce Tetkoskie (Alternate); Sue Wilson (Alternate); Fred Wolf (Member); and Mike Young (Alternate).

Others in attendance: Marc Roda (DEP); Margaret Urban (CAC); and Chris Shroyer (DEP).

Meeting Called to Order

Chairman Dave Strong called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m.

Mr. Strong mentioned that the meeting was short of committee members but there were issues/projects to be discussed. The Bark Camp issue was mentioned again. In the beginning Bark Camp had no oversight, or coordination in the program, but a lesson was learned by the Department. The Committee still needs to push for deep mine injection. Mr. Strong said that nobody is going to object to what has happened at Bark Camp. The Committee should get more peer review, university people to look at it and ensure acceptability. The public is pleased with Bark Camp and the stream is in excellent shape.

Other issues included dredged material, "synthetic soil," a manufactured soil, organic materials and other composts and kinds of things that are mixed with these. The Committee would like to see the Department broaden its perspective on these soils so that we can accept some of these "wastes" for beneficial use for mine reclamation. Mr. Strong asked the Committee members to suggest recommended other test sites.

The starting point of another project/site is a standardized protocol/criteria and systematic approach for evaluating results. If there is no protocol, one cannot know whether it works or if it is safe, as long as it meets certain thresholds. If there is standard protocol for an environmental and economic evaluation, than the Committee can move forward. The basis for this evaluation is cost-effective reclamation; it would also solve some other problems such as disposal dredge. Also, more information is needed to make valid recommendations, as well as specialized people on the Board to interpret available data and compile facts. The best way to make these things work is to involve the public out front. The Committee would like to recommend to the Department to inform the Committee of compiled data and guidelines on materials.

Needs of the Committee are as follows:


The meeting adjourned at 10:00 a.m.