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The Use of Sludge Generated by the Neutralization of Acid Mine Drainage in the…

Award Information

Agency:
Environmental Protection Agency
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
79869
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
EP-D-06-021
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
RJ Lee Group, Inc
350 Hochberg Road Monroeville, PA 15146-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: The Use of Sludge Generated by the Neutralization of Acid Mine Drainage in the Cement Industry
Agency: EPA
Contract: EP-D-06-021
Award Amount: $69,961.00
 

Abstract:

The goal of this proposed study is to demonstrate the use of acid mine drainage (AMD) treatment sludge in the manufacture of Portland cement. Portland cement is composed of a mixture of calcium, silicon, aluminum and iron oxides. When AMD is neutralized, sludge is precipitated that is composed largely of calcium, iron and aluminum hydroxides. Disposal of this AMD treatment sludge is an economic burden that consumes resources that could otherwise be used to construct new treatment facilities. The successful completion of this project will result in the establishment of a process that will provide the cement industry with an economic source of calcium, aluminum and iron while at the same time reducing the costs at AMD treatment facilities. This project will demonstrate the use of AMD treatment sludge from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection¿s (PA DEP) Rausch Creek treatment facility to manufacture Portland cement at Lehigh Cement¿s Evansville plant. Once this process is successfully established, it can be used as a model for application at other cement and treatment facilities. The utility of this process is not limited to just the eastern coal fields. The potential of using this approach exists anywhere that iron rich drainages are being created. The cement industry, in many ways, is an ideal consumer of these sludges and would serve as a large beneficiary of process described below. Small levels of impurities that would prevent the use of these materials in other industries are actually even beneficial to the cement industry. Many AMD¿s contain some level of heavy metals. The highly alkaline environmental found in hydrated Portland cement results in an environment where these metals are insoluble, thereby providing a safe, stable home for them. Once the use of AMD treatment sludge in the cement industry is demonstrated, other applications are sure to follow thereby increasing the value of the funds requested. The successful completion of the project described below will not only establish a source of raw materials but also spur interest in other applications. In summary, this project will result in the development of a process with significant economic and environmental benefits. Additionally, the process will also serve as a model for consideration in many other areas of application. The project described below is culmination of several years of experience in research related to other utilization of AMD materials.

Principal Investigator:

Michael Silsbee
Senior Scientist
7243871808
mslsbee@fjlg.com

Business Contact:

David James
CFO
7247331820
djames@rjlg.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

RJ Lee Group, Inc.
2715 St. Andrews Loop Pasco, WA 99301

EIN/Tax ID: 251375815
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No