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  Mine Waste Technology Program: A Success Story – CD (EPA/625/C-07/001) 2007

Mine waste generated by active and inactive mining operations is a growing problem for the mining industry, local governments, and Native American communities because of its impact on human health and the environment. In the United States, the reported volume of mine waste is immense: 2 billion tons of waste annually with a current total waste volume of 50 billion tons.

In 1991, EPA’s Mine Waste Technology Program (MWTP) was funded by an interagency agreement between EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy. It is managed by EPA's National Risk Management Research Laboratory in Cincinnati, Ohio. The mission of the MWTP is to:

  • Develop cost-effective technologies to clean up mine waste
  • Identify and implement the technologies; this is key to improving the economics for current and future mining opportunities in the United States
  • Ensure that sustainable practices are implemented at the mines

MSE Technology Applications, Inc., in Butte, Montana, develops and demonstrates innovative technologies. Montana Tech of the University of Montana performs basic research for the technologies.

This interactive CD communicates a MWTP success story. It introduces representatives from the mining industry, local government, tribes, and academia who have experienced the successes of the program. The CD also highlights MWTP’s top 10 mining cleanup technologies and discusses the future of the MWTP.

Order this CD:

National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP)
(800) 490-9198
Fax: (301) 604-3408
Fax: (513) 489-8695


John McCready
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Research and Development
National Risk Management Research Laboratory
Cincinnati, OH 45268

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