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Improved mine waste characterisation through static blended test work

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Parbhakar-Fox, A and Fox, N and Hill, R and Ferguson, T and Maynard, B, Improved mine waste characterisation through static blended test work, Minerals Engineering pp. 1-11. ISSN 0892-6875 (In Press) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.mineng.2017.09.011

Abstract

Prediction of the geoenvironmental characteristics of mine waste materials typically relies on the static and kinetic testing of individual waste units. In reality, waste rock piles are heterogeneous landforms containing potentially acid forming (PAF) units juxtaposed with non-acid forming (NAF) units. Despite this, predictive geoenvironmental test work programs rarely characterise blends of waste materials. Through undertaking laboratory- based blended static testing and mineralogical assessments, a first insight into the leachate chemistry of a waste landform can be ascertained. This was tested using three waste units (Type A alkaline, B neutral and D PAF; n=31) obtained from the Savage River mine, Western Tasmania. Seven daughter blend types (17; n=42) were prepared using different ratios of the individual waste types, and characterised by acid base accounting and mineralogical techniques. Blend types were NAF when a maximum of 20% of Type D was used, with daughter blend 4 (90% Type A +10% Type D) the most inert when screened against ANZECC (2000) aquatic protection trigger values. This study demonstrates that through first-pass static blended testing, opportunities exist to improve waste-rock handling practices and design NAF waste piles once field trials, involving a range of particle sizes, have been conducted.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:acid mine drainage, waste management, sulphide, mining, mine planning
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geochemistry
Research Field:Exploration Geochemistry
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Land and Water Management
Objective Field:Mining Land and Water Management
Author:Parbhakar-Fox, A (Dr Anita Parbhakar-Fox)
Author:Fox, N (Dr Nathan Fox)
ID Code:121533
Year Published:In Press
Deposited By:CODES ARC
Deposited On:2017-10-02
Last Modified:2017-10-03
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