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Three Bureau of Geology scientists serve as members of the Acid Drainage Technology Initiative - Metal Mining Sector

The Acid Drainage Technology Initiative (ADTI) is a technology development program that was formed in 1995 by federal agencies, the National Mining Association, and the Interstate Mining Compact Commission to identify, evaluate, and develop cost-effective and practical acid drainage technologies. There are two divisions of ADTI: Metal Mining (MMS) and Coal Mining Sectors (CMS). New Mexico Tech is one of five universities that serve the Metal Mining Sector, which addresses drainage quality issues related to metal mining and related metallurgical operations as well as general drainage issues from historical, active, and future mines. ADTI has assembled leading, national experts in metal mining, environmental fields and metallurgical processing technologies, to identify existing technologies to remediate acidic drainage and to indicate where additional effort should be focused on the development of new technologies. Senior Economic Geologist Dr. Virginia McLemore is chairman of the Sampling and Monitoring Committee and a member of the Steering Committee with ADTI-MMS. McLemore edited the first of a series of handbooks, Basics of Metal Mining Influenced Water and is working on another handbook Sampling and Monitoring of Metal Mining Influenced Water. Future research on acid drainage will focus on characterization and field validation studies, prediction, modeling, and mitigation.