SustainMine

Environmental Studies and Sustainability

Research is underway to try to identify processes that might lead to more environmentally benign results and better stewardship of mineral resources. The current strategy is to provide modest funding to initiate novel techniques or reconsider previously abandoned techniques for the secondary processing of mine waste and mine waste water. The outcome is to assemble a collection of processes that can be developed into future major research programs.

Research in this area focuses on:

initiatives to develop comprehensive remote monitoring packages for tailings management facilities (TMF) to: monitor potential geotechnical instability of containment structures; anticipate potential for over-and under-supply of water for aqueous cover to the tailings; and improve the reliability of performance of tailings management facilities, reducing the risk of environmental impact

to reduce potential long-term liabilities for mining operations by eliminating potential sources of Acid Mine Drainage or Metal Leaching to produce benign waste products

initiatives to improve the recovery of metals from mine waste and waste water and potentially lead to a significant reduction of the footprint from mine waste and waste water

initiatives to reduce environmental impacts from relic mine sites through improved treatment processes that allow recovery of saleable metals to offset long-term operating costs for treatment facilities

SustainMine

ENVIRONMENT & SUSTAINABILITY | SustainMine

Research is underway to try to identify processes that might lead to more environmentally benign results and better stewardship of mineral resources. Strategic research in the areas of environmentally responsible processes, environmental studies and sustainability is underway. Initiation of novel or reconsideration of previously abandoned techniques for the secondary processing of mine waste.

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