PLEASE JOIN US FOR A WORKSHOP
Presenter: Val Green, mining /wastewater engineer
Topic: Local and Site-Specific Impacts -- Uranium Mining and Milling at Coles Hill
Date: Thursday, September 13, 2012 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Location: Olde Dominion Agricultural Foundation
19783 US Highway 29 South, Chatham, VA 24531
Sponsor: Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (www.bred.org)Contact: Ann Rogers, Community Organizer, BREDL 540-312-3104 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This workshop will take a hard look at site-specific factors at the proposed uranium mine and mill site at Coles Hill in Pittsylvania County, and how those factors might be predicted to impact the environment and health of the communities surrounding the proposed mine site.
We will look at:
ü 1. Predictors of acid rock drainage – does Coles Hill bear the earmarks?
ü 2. Nature of the material that may seep from Coles Hill mill tailings containment, and what will need to be done to keep it out of the groundwater.
ü 3. Nature of how the Pittsylvania County wind patterns will affect distribution of radioactive dust during the active mining phase.
ü 4. Whether Coles Hill soil/ rock structures will affect the risk of releases from mill tailings containment at Coles Hill.
ü 5. Whether the need to divert surface water from the mining area may result in the massive reconstruction of a FEMA Class A Flood Zone.
ü 6. Much more, plus Question & Answer period.
Mr. Green has served as expert witness for a dozen groups seeking to stop mines, including Friends of Santa Fe, Lloyds of London, and Ted Turner Ranches. He taught mining engineering at New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology in Socorro, NM from 1989 to 1994. Teaching and research topics while employed as Assistant Professor included: environmental management for mining wastes; hydrologic analysis and design; mine waste facility design; mining waste disposal; and basic civil engineering.
He has performed evaluation and review of Environmental Assessments, Environmental Impact Statements, and permit applications for mining operations. In positions within the governmental, non-profit, and for-profit sectors, he has had extensive experience working in compliance and enforcement of National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Air Act, and Clean Water Act.
He served as New Mexico's Mining Commissioner from 1993 to 1995. From 1991 to 1999 he worked in mine waste management through work with the Bureau of Land Management; U.S. Forest Service; New Mexico Mining and Minerals Division; the Pueblo of Sandia; and non-profit and for-profit entities. He also provided technical assistance with the formulation and writing of the New Mexico Mining Regulations., and served as a member of the N.M. Mining Commission.
From 1978-89, working as an environmental engineer for the South Carolina Land Resources Commission, Division of Mining & Reclamation, he provided review and oversight of projects involving aquifer containment and remediation for mine site dewatering; surface and subsurface containment from mine process wastes; and mining regulatory permitting procedures.
Mr. Green is a graduate of Clemson University with a BS in Civil Engineering, and holds an MS in Environmental Engineering from University of Texas. He currently works in the nonprofit sector helping rural communities develop and protect potable water, wastewater, and solid waste systems. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration.