Coal Mine Projects
CDC has extensive experience working with the region’s coal mining industry. Our firm has all the training and equipment necessary for surveys associated with mining projects.
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Our crew follows project-specific Health and Safety Plans and all have Flame Resistant (FR) clothing, metatarsal boots, metacarpal gloves, hard hats and safety glasses. Senior staff members have completed OSHA 40-hour training programs. The success of our protocols is evident in our safety record – we have never had an accident in over 25 years.
Coal mining projects in Pennsylvania are reviewed under the Environmental Rights amendment, Article 1, Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution and the Pennsylvania History Code, 37 Pa. Cons. Stat. Section 500 et seq. (1988). Relevant Federal legislation may include:
1) Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended
2) (36 CFR Part 800) of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation as revised
3) Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act
4) U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Appendix C of 33 CFR Part 325
As one of the first woman-owned businesses working in the region’s transportation industry, CDC has 26 years of experience in surveying highways, bridges, and transit projects. Our firm has had Open-End Contracts with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Districts 1, 4, 9, 10, 11, & 14.
CDC was a team member for the following award winning transportation projects:
1) National Historic Planning Landmarks Award Hot Metal Bridge (Monongahela Connecting Railroad Bridge)
2) ASHE Pittsburgh 2008 Outstanding Highway Engineering Award: Rehabilition of the Hot Metal Bridge
3) ASHE Pittsburgh 2010 Outstanding Highway Engineering Award: Albert Gallatin Bridge
Industrial, Commercial, and Residential Development projects often require cultural resource surveys if state or Federal permits or funding is involved.
Environmental Mitigation and Remediation Projects
Wetland mitigation and stream mitigation projects are often located in high probability areas for prehistoric archaeological sites thus Phase I Archaeological surveys are necessary.
Urban Archeology as part of the Redevelopment Process
CDC is a one of few firms specializing in urban archaeology. Urban archaeology is a complex and potentially dangerous area of expertise requiring an experienced team of archaeologists and a backhoe operator who is familiar with our methodologies. CDC has created a series of protocols necessary for successful project completion and we have never had an accident in over 20 years.
Laboratory Analysis and Artifact Curation
Laboratory analysis and conservation are significant to successful archaeological projects particularly in large projects when hundreds of artifacts can be found and need immediate analysis. CDC maintains a full library and sufficient facilities and equipment for laboratory analysis and many types of conservation problems. Our staff has training in the identification and supporting documentation prepared under the both Curation Guidelines developed by the State Historic Preservation offices.
Managing large cultural resource surveys requires deep expertise in developing compliance methodologies and understanding the needs of State Historic Preservation offices. Among the significant examples of CDC’s work are the following:
1) The nation’s largest mining project in 2005 involved over 1,400 acres of property, 52 archaeological sites, and 10 historic buildings. CDC conducted all cultural resource management work. CDC prepared and carried out the Cultural Resource mitigation plan for this project.
2) CDC conducted managed the cultural resources for the Environmental Impact Statement for Pittsburgh’s Airport Busway and the North Shore Connector.
3) CDC has conducted numerous projects involving FERC compliance including pipelines, transmission lines, wind power projects, and power plants.
Coordination with Native Americans
CDC has experience in coordinating projects with Federally recognized tribes directed primarily at human remains, associated and unassociated funerary objects, objects of cultural patrimony, and sacred objects. This sensitive component of Cultural Resource Management requires an understanding of the law and an appreciation of the important contributions Native American groups provide.
CDC has experience in other areas important to an overall Cultural Resources Management program. CDC has experience in preparing displays and exhibits of archaeological and historic materials to support displays, brochures, or other forms of public outreach. For example, our firm won the American Cultural Resource Award for an archaeological exhibit at PNC Park Home of the Pittsburgh Pirates.