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This report represents more than 7 years of work by a team of scientists from various locations to develop and validate this kinetic test method. The project is a cooperative effort between the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Acid Drainage Technology Initiative (ADTI), the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Pennsylvania State University and CSC Dyncorp. The OSM project coordinator is Eric F. Perry. The EPA project coordinator is Joan E. Cuddeback with CSC Dyncorp. The DEP Principal Investigators for this project are Keith B.C. Brady and Roger J. Hornberger. Dr. Barry E. Scheetz and Dr. William B. White of the Materials Research Institute of the Pennsylvania State University played a key role in the test method development. Jane Hammarstrom and her associates of U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) provided a great amount of detailed information on rock characterization.
This project was jointly funded by OSM and EPA. We thank Vann Weaver, John Craynon, Stephen Parsons and Lois Uranowski from OSM for their assistance in funding all three phases of the project. We thank Mary T. Smith, Bill Telliard and Marion Kelly of EPA for their assistance in funding the interlaboratory validation phase of the project.
We especially thank and are deeply indebted to William A. Telliard of EPA (retired) for his support and guidance throughout this project. His knowledge of the methods development process and his many years experience as Director of Analytical Methods Development for the EPA Office of Water contributed greatly to the successful completion of the project.
The numerous authors of the chapters of this report are given credit at the front of each chapter. These chapters and the appendices of this report document essentially all of the information compiled in this project.
The following persons represent the laboratories participating in the interlaboratory study: Rich McCracken, Duane Wood and Dave Barrett of Mahaffey Laboratories, Timothy W. Bergstresser and Robert Stull of Geochemical Testing, Dr. Charles A. Cravotta, III and Dan Galeone of USGS, Stephanie Olexa of Benchmark Analytical, Vince Conrad of Consol Energy, Susan Hickman and John Sturm of Sturm Environmental Services, Barry E. Scheetz, William B. White and Daniel Shollenberger of Penn State Materials Research Institute, Louis McDonald and Richard Herd of the National Mine Land Reclamation Center at West Virginia University, and Cheryl Daniel at Prochem Analytical.
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