Mining, Metals, and Microbes in Minnesota

On March 5-6, MnDRIVE: Advancing industry, conserving the environment sponsored Mining, Metals, and Microbes in Minnesota, the first in a series of workshops including participants from the mining industry and experts in metals transformation, acid mine drainage, and bioremediation.

BTI members Jeff Gralnick and Paige Novak hosted the conference, designed to identify challenges and potential solutions to acid mine drainage and other environmental challenges related to mineral extraction. Daniel Bond, Mike Sadowsky, and Brandy Toner were among the U.S. and Canadian investigators who discussed research and analytical tools relevant to the bioremediation of mining waste. The forum opened the door for frank discussion and potential collaborative research involving practitioners, the state of Minnesota, and University-based experts in the U.S. and Canada.