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Prediction of Sulfidic Waste Characteristics


Parbhakar-Fox, A and Lottermoser, B, Prediction of Sulfidic Waste Characteristics, Environmental Indicators in Metal Mining, Springer International Publishing, B Lottermoser (ed), Switzerland, pp. 35-53. ISBN 978-3-319-42729-4 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-319-42731-7_3


Inadequate prediction of acid rock drainage (ARD) can result in the reputational damage of mine operators, the spending of significant costs for post-closure management and lasting impacts to ecosystems. Instead, accurate prediction of ARD will allow a reduction of environmental risks and associated financial liabilities. At present, the mining industry use a range of static and kinetic chemical tests to measure the balance between the acid generating and acid neutralizing potentials of mine waste materials. The resulting data are used to prepare risk assessments and design waste classification schemes. However, associated with these established tests and practices are several shortcomings including: inadequate sampling; performance of a limited number of tests; late initiation of kinetic trials; classification using restricted waste classification categories; and no consideration given to biological and physical parameters that can influence ARD formation. Therefore, current practices only provide a broad indication of ARD potential over time. Fundamentally, ARD is a multifaceted process controlled by several variables, and therefore new tests and protocols developed in this area must reflect this.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:acid mine drainage, waste management, mine waste, sulfide oxidation
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Other earth sciences
Research Field:Other earth sciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Evaluation, allocation, and impacts of land use
UTAS Author:Parbhakar-Fox, A (Dr Anita Parbhakar-Fox)
UTAS Author:Lottermoser, B (Professor Bernd Lottermoser)
ID Code:112016
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:CODES ARC
Deposited On:2016-10-21
Last Modified:2018-04-23

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