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DISCLAIMER: Information contained in the various presentations below from IMCC meetings and workshops was accurate at the time the presentations were given/posted. We cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information beyond the dates of postings as it may have changed over time.



IMCC "Developing a Defensible CHIA" Benchmarking Workshop
August 11 - 12, 2015
The Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
Chicago, IL

Session I: Recent Legal Challenges to CHIAs in the States -- Regional Perspectives and Identifying Areas Posing Challenges

"An Appalachian Perspective" presented by Tom Clarke, Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection

"A Midcontinent Perspective" presented by Nick SanDiego, Attorney, Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Session II: CHIA Issues/Procedures

"Critical Documentation of the CHIA Process by State RAs" presented by Deborah Dale, Chief, Program and Technology Support Branch, Office of Surface Mining

"Mine Pool Issues" presented by Nick Schaer, Geologist, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection

"Material Damage Criteria" presented by Richard Wahrer, Ph.D and Danita LaSage, P.G., Ph.D., Kentucky Department for Natural Resources

"Long-Term Contingencies Involving Nitrates" presented by Pete Schade, Hydrologist, Montana Department of Environmental Quality

"Methods Used to Predict Postmine Water Quality" presented by Tim Walter, P.G., Advising Hydrogeologist, Railroad Commission of Texas

"Dewatering Effects of Underground Mining" presented by Jay W. Hawkins, P.G., Hdrogeologist, Office of Surface Mining

Session III: CHIA Issues/Procedures

"Delineation of the Cumulative Impact Area (CIA)" presented by Muthu Kuchanur, Geologist Supervisor, Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality



IMCC 2014 Mid-Year Meeting
October 15 - 17, 2014
The Westin Georgetown Hotel
Washington, DC

"Appalachian Coal Mining Report October 2014" presented by William James, Acting Deputy Chief, Regulatory Program, Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

"Alaska 404 Presentation" presented by Ed Fogels, Deputy Commissioner, Alaska Department of Natural Resources

Presentations by the Mine Safety and Health Administration during the IMCC Mid-Year Meeting, October 16, 2014:

"The MSHA Respirable Dust Rule and Black Lung Statistics" presented by Joe Main, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health

"OSM/MSHA/States Issues"

"Overview of Deaths for Metal/Nonmetal October 2013 - September 2014"

The following documents were provided by EPA as a follow-up to the panel participation of Ellen Gilinsky, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at the Federal/States meeting held during the IMCC 2014 Mid-Year Meeting on October 15, 2014:

"EPA/Corps/DOI MOU: Implementing the Interagency Action Plan on Appalachian Surface Coal Mining"

"July 21, 2011 - Final EPA Guidance Document re. Appalachian Surface Coal Mining"

"Mingo Logan vs. EPA (Spruce Mine, WV) Memorandum Opinion"

"July 11, 2014 Opinion in NMA v. EPA"




IMCC Executive Director Presentation at the Environment Committee of the National Mining Association Meeting, October 10, 2014, Washington, DC

"Greg Conrad NMA Presentation 2014" presented by Gregory E. Conrad, Executive Director, Interstate Mining Compact Commission




IMCC 2014 Executive Director Presentations on Abandoned Mine Land Issues

"Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation: Progress; Pitfalls and the Importance of Partnerships" presented by Gregory E. Conrad, Executive Director, Interstate Mining Compact Commission (IMCC) at the 2014 Pennsylvania Abandoned Mine Land Conference, June 27, 2014 in State College, PA

"The Present Landscape" presented by Gregory E. Conrad, Executive Director, Interstate Mining Compact Commission during a panel discussion on "Reauthorization of AML Fee Collection Under Title IV of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act -- Past, Present and Future" at the National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Programs (NAAMLP) conference in Columbus, OH, September 22 - 24, 2014



IMCC 2014 Annual Meeting
April 27 - 30, 2014
The Peppermill Hotel
Reno, NV

The following links are to power point presentations, handouts, the program and other documents (converted to .pdf files) from the Interstate Mining Compact Commission's 2014 Annual Meeting held in Reno, NV, April 27 - 30, 2014.
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"Mining's Contributions to Nevada" by Tim Crowley, President, Nevada Mining Association

"Sage Grouse: The Bird that Could Change the American West" by Allen Biaggi, Nevada Mining Association



IMCC Executive Director's Presentation at 2014 EMLF Winter Workshop
February 11, 2014

On February 11, 2014, Greg Conrad, IMCC's Executive Director, spoke at the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation (EMLF) Winter Workshop on Energy Law. His paper and power point presentation (in .pdf format) can be viewed via the links below.
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Paper: "Mine Reclamation Bonding -- from Dilemma to Crisis to Reinvention: What's a State Regulator to Do?" by Gergory E. Conrad, Executive Director, Interstate Mining Compact Commission

Accompanying power point (converted to .pdf): "Mine Reclamation Bonding -- from Dilemma to Crisis to Reinvention: What's a State Regulator to Do?" by Gergory E. Conrad, Executive Director, Interstate Mining Compact Commission



IMCC 2013 Mid-Year Meeting
October 1 - 3, 2013
The Westin Riverwalk Hotel
San Antonio, Texas

The following links are to power point presentations, handouts, the program and other documents (converted to .pdf files) from the Interstate Mining Compact Commission's 2013 Mid-Year Meeting held in San Antonio, TX October 1 - 3.
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October 2, 2013 Luncheon Keynote Speaker Presentation:

"Alaska Mining" by Senator Cathy Giessel, Alaska State Legislature



IMCC 2013 Bonding Workshop: "The Status of State Reclamation Bonding Programs: Lessons Learned and Current Challenges"
August 21 - 22, 2013
The Embassy Suites Downtown
St. Louis, Missouri

The following links are to power point presentations, handouts, the program and other documents (converted to .pdf files) from the Interstate Mining Compact Commission's 2013 Bonding Workshop held in St. Louis, August 21 - 22, 2013.
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Workshop Presentations:

FINAL PROGRAM -- IMCC 2013 Bonding Workshop: "The Status of State Reclamation Bonding Programs: Lessons Learned and Current Challenges"

"Perspectives on the Financial Assurance/Bonding Regulatory Framework and Related Issues" by William T. Gorton III, Esq., Stites & Harbison

"The State of the Surety Industry...And The Fate of Reclamation Bonds" by Aaron Ort, Zurich Surety

"The CERCLA Section 108(b) Financial Responsibility Rulemaking" by Dale Ruhter, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

"BLM's Bonding Program" by Mitchell Leverette, Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

"USDA Forest Service Reclamation Bond Guidance" by Tracy Parker, U.S. Forest Service

"OSM Bonding Program" by Ervin Barchenger, Office of Surface Mining

"Perspectives on Financial Assurance/Bonding Regulatory Framework Panel" by Richard A. Bark, Freeport McMoRan

"Basics of SMCRA Alternative Enforcement" by Stephanie Varvell and Earl Bandy, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement

"Financial Assurance for the Long Term Treatment of Acid Mine Drainage: The Pennsylvania Trust Fund Program" by Sam Faith, Pennsylvania

"Developing a Treatment Trust Long Term for Everyone" by Bill Winters and Earl Bandy, Office of Surface Mining

"Nevada Reclamation Bonding" by Doug Siple, Bureau of Land Management

"Nevada Long Term Funding Mechanisms" by Doug Siple, Bureau of Land Management

IMCC 2013 Bonding Survey:

IMCC Bonding Survey Document "Overview of State Financial Assurance Programs for Mine Reclamation: State Survey Responses" August 2013

IMCC Bond Survey Analysis done by Erv Barchenger (OSM)

IMCC 2013 Bonding Survey: Amount Per Acre Bond Requirement by State

IMCC 2013 Bonding Survey: Bond Types by State

Other Bonding Workshop Materials/Notes/Handouts:

Bonding Workshop Attendee List

Discussion Overview from AUgust 22, 2013 States Meeting During IMCC Bonding Workshop

"State and Federal Reclamation Bonding Programs: Lessons Learned and Current Challenges" Paper by William T. Gorton III, Esq., Stites & Harbison

South Dakota: Wharf Resources Bond Recalculation Summary, March 2013 -- Wharf Mine

South Dakota: Wharf Resources Postclosure Bond Summary

Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) Bonding Forms and Checklists:
VA DMME 3rd Party CD Form
VA DMME CD Form
VA DMME CD Bond Approval Checklist
VA DMME Self Bond Indemnity Agreement
VA DMME Surety Bond Increase Decrease Rider Approval
VA DMME Letter of Credit Bond Approval Checklist
VA DMME Irrevocable Standby Letter of Credit Form
VA DMME Surety Bond Approval Checklist
VA DMME Surety Bond
VA DMME Surety Bond Rider
Ohio Division of Mineral Resources (DMR) Bonding Forms and Checklists:
OH DMR Certificate of Deposit Bond Approval Checklist
OH DMR Letter of Credit Bond Approval Checklist
OH DMR Surety Bond Approval Checklist
OH DMR Irrevocable Standby Letter of Credit
OH DMR Collateral Bond Indemnity Agreement
OH DMR Surety Bond No.




IMCC 2013 Annual Meeting
April 14 - 16, 2013
The Cincinnati Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel
Cincinnati, Ohio

The following links are to power point presentations the Interstate Mining Compact Commission's 2013 Annual Meeting held in Cincinnati, Ohio on April 14 -16, 2013.
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FINAL PROGRAM -- IMCC 2013 Annual Meeting

"The Mushroom Farm AML/AMD Project" by Cheryl Socotch and Theresa McQuade, Ohio Department of Natural Resources

"Joint Ohio State University/Ohio DNR Stream Quality Study" by Robert Baker, Ohio State University and Roger Osborne, B & N Coal Company

"Acid Mine Dranage Treatment and Recovery in the Monday Creek Watershed by Nate Schlater, Watershed Coordinator, Monday Creek Restoration Project [OUR APOLOGIES: Due to a file error, this document is not currently available. We are trying to obtain a new copy to upload to the website in the future.]

"Education: The Key to Maintaining Our Public License to Operate -- Lessons Learned in Ohio" by Patrick Jacomet, Executive Director, Ohio Aggregates and Industrial Minerals Association



IMCC Western Region Noncoal/Hardrock Symposium Presentations/Handouts
March 27 - 28, 2013
The DoubleTree Suites Hotel
Salt Lake City, Utah

The following links are to power point presentations, handouts and other relevant information from the Interstate Mining Compact Commission's Western Region Noncoal/Hardrock Symposium held in Salt Lake City, Utah on March 27 - 28, 2013.
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FINAL PROGRAM -- IMCC 2013 Western Region Noncoal/Hardrock Minerals Symposium

Exploration Review by D.R. Wilburn and K.A. Stanley, U.S. Geological Survey (Reprinted with permission from "Mining Engineering Magazine")

Mining Law Reform in the 113th Congress by Kathy Benedetto, House Natural Resources Committee

Mine Permitting and Wetlands Issues in Alaska by Tom Crafford, Director, Office of Project Management and Permitting, Alaska Department of Natural Resources

Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment: A Perspective by Allan S. Nakanishi, P.E., Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Water

Regulation of Pit Lakes in Nevada by Bruce Holmgren, Nevada Division of Environmental Protection

Good Samaritan Update by Loretta Pineda, Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining & Safety

Financial Assurance Challenges by Loretta Pineda, Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining & Safety

Mine Reclamation Trust Funds in Alaska by Tom Crafford, Director, Office of Project Management & Permitting, Alaska Department of Natural Resources

Impact of EPA's Proposed Rule Under Section 108(B) of CERCLA by Bill Brancard, New Mexico Energy, Minerals & Natural Resources Department

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Abandoned Uranium Mines Report to Congress by Ray Plieness, DOE Office of Legacy Management



IMCC Eastern Region Noncoal Symposium Presentations/Handouts
December 11 - 12, 2012
Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel
Charlotte, North Carolina

The following links are to power point presentations, handouts and other relevant information from the Interstate Mining Compact Commission's Eastern Region Noncoal Symposium held in Charlotte, North Carolina on December 11-12, 2012.
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FINAL PROGRAM -- IMCC 2012 Eastern Region Noncoal Minerals Symposium

Virginia's Electronic Permitting Program by David Sanders, Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy

The Geology of Uranium Occurrences in Virginia and Challenges to a Conceptual Uranium Mining Program by William Lassetter, Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy

Noncoal Mine Mapping by William Lassetter, Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy

Demonstration of Virginia's Mine Mapping Flex Viewer by David Sanders, Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy

TerraGo Web Demo Overview (.pdf document)

TerraGo Demo Shot of Waldo Canyon Fire, Colorado (.pdf Document)

Mineral Exploration Resources and Aids in North Carolina by Dr. Kenneth Taylor, North Carolina Geological Survey

North Carolina's Mineral Storehouse and Emerging Resources (.pdf Document)by Dr. Jeffrey Reid, North Carolina Geological Survey

History of Gold Mining in South Carolina and Permitting the Haile Gold Mine by Marianna DePratter, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

Industry Perspective on Permitting the Haile Gold Mine, South Carolina by Ramona Schneider, Haile/Romarco

Overview of Current Financial Responsibility Challenges in North Carolina by Gary Novak, North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Arkansas Noncoal Mining Issues by James Stephens, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality

New York State Presentation (Note: NY was unable to travel to the symposium but submitted this power point and the handouts that follow for distribution) by Matthew Podniesinski, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Overview of New York State's Mined Land Reclamation Financial Security Determination submitted by Matthew Podniesinski, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

New York July 1977 Financial Security Memo submitted by Matthew Podniesinski, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

New York Financial Security Calculation Form January 2012 submitted by Matthew Podniesinski, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

New York Financial Security Calculation Form for Mine 30669 July 2012 submitted by Matthew Podniesinski, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

New York Financial Security Top Required Amounts Chart submitted by Matthew Podniesinski, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Supplemental Information:

Technical Report on the Coles Hill Uranium Property, Pittsylvania County, Virginia by Peter A. Christopher, PhD, P.Eng., PAC Geological COnsulting, Inc.



IMCC 2012 Annual Meeting Presentations
April 29 - May 2, 2012
Biltmore DoubleTree Hotel
Asheville, North Carolina

The following links are to power point presentations given at the Interstate Mining Compact Commission's 2012 Annual Meeting in Asheville, North Carolina.
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GeoMine Appalachian Pilot Project Progress by Larry Evans, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection

Section 404 Clean Water Act Mining-Related Permits Issued in Appalachia by William L. James, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Corps of Engineers Regulatory Role in Coal Mining by William L. James, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Shale Gas Exploration in North Carolina by Dr. Kenneth Taylor, North Carolina Geological Survey Section

Geospatial Tools for Tracing Bond Release at a Large Wyoming Surface Coal Mine by Anna Krzyszowska-Waitkus, Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality and Scott Belden, Peabody Powder River Operations, LLC




IMCC Mine Mapping Benchmarking Workshop
February 15 - 16, 2012
Sheraton Station Square Hotel
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The following links are to power point presentations given at the Interstate Mining Compact Commission's Mine Mapping Benchmarking workshop held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, February 15 - 16, 2012.
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IMCC 2012 Benchmarking Workshop on Mine Mapping Program

Connecting Content to Customer: Using Mine Maps to Avoid Hazards by Karen Berry, Colorado Geological Survey

Mine Map Database Enhancements by James Britton, West Virginia Geological & Economic Survey

Use of Touch Table Technology by Brianne Cassidy, Office of Surface Mining

Accuracy and Reliability of Mine Maps: A Perspective from the Mining Industry by Brad Cole, CME Management

OSM Storage Infrastructure Enhancements by Paul Coyle, Office of Surface Mining

GeoMine Appalachian Pilot Project Progress and GeoCloud II Update for SMCRA States and OSM FODs by Bill Clark, Management Sponsor/GIO and Robert Welsh, Project Manager

Accuracy and Reliability of Mine Maps: A Perspective from the Illinois AML Program by Robert Gibson, Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Preserving, Processing and Providing Access to Coal Mine Maps at the University of Pittsburgh by Jeanann Haas, Amy Baker Williams and Debora Rougeux, University of Pittsburgh

Accessing State Mine Related Databases by John Hiett, Kentucky Department of Mine Safety and Licensing

New Scanning Technology by John Hiett, Kentucky Department of Mine Safety and Licensing

New Scanning Technology Handout handout to "New Scanning Technology" presentation by John Hiett, Kentucky Department of Mine Safety and Licensing

Pennsylvania Historic Mine Map Digitization and GIS Implementation by Patrick Jaquay, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

ArcGIS 10 and REST Services Technology: ArcGIS Explorer Online Demo by Becky Meyer, Indiana Geological Survey

ArcGIS 10 and REST Services Technology: ArcGIS Online Demo by Becky Meyer, Indiana Geological Survey

ArcGIS 10 and REST Services Technology by Becky Meyer, Indiana Geological Survey

ArcGIS 10 and REST Services Technology: Connecting to ArcGiS Services in ArcMap Demo by Becky Meyer, Indiana Geological Survey

Links to GIS in Indiana, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Illinois, Virginia and West Virginia by Becky Meyer, Indiana Geological Survey

ArcGis 10 and REST Services Technology: Indiana Map Demo by Becky Meyer, Indiana Geological Survey

ArcGis 10 and REST Services Technology: ArcGIS REST Services Demo by Becky Meyer, Indiana Geological Survey

A Perspective from MSHA by James B. Pfeifer, Mine Safety and Health Administration

Overview of OSM Underground Mine Map Projects by Josh Rockwell, Office of Surface Mining

Use of Virtual Servers and the Cloud for IT Management and Maintenance by David Sanders, Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy

West Virginia's Current ArcIMS All Coal Application by James Britton, West Virginia Geological & Economic Survey


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