The Acid Drainage Technology Initiative (ADTI)
The Acid Drainage Technology Initiative (ADTI) was initiated 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 with
a primary focus on the coal mining sector (CMS). In 1999, ADTI was
expanded through the addition of the metal mining sector (MMS)
group, which is focused on drainage quality issues related to metal
mines. ADTI addresses drainage quality issues from abandoned,
active, and future coal and metal mines.
ADTI is a technology development program. It is not a regulatory or
policy development program. The guiding principle of ADTI is to
build consensus among industry, federal and state regulatory
agencies on acid drainage technology development and technology
transfer issues. ADTI is focusing its efforts on mine drainage
prediction, sampling/monitoring, modeling and avoidance/remediation,
mitigation and pit lakes.
ADTI-MMS uses consensus to promote scientifically sound mineral
development that minimizes adverse impacts on water and maximizes
beneficial post-mining land uses.
The mission of ADTI-MMS is to identify, evaluate, develop, and
disseminate information about cost effective, environmentally sound
methods and technologies to manage mine wastes and related
metallurgical materials for abandoned, inactive, active, and future
mining and associated operations and to promote understanding of
these technologies. ADTI-MMS is not a policy or regulatory
initiative; it is a technically focused consensus group of volunteer
representatives from state and federal government, academia, the
mining industry, consulting firms, and other interested parties who
are involved in the environmentally sound management of metal-mine
wastes and drainage quality issues.