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EPA/625/R-95/007

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Seminar Publication: Managing Environmental Problems at Inactive and Abandoned Metals Mine Sites October 1996




Abstract:

Mining waste generated from active and inactive mining sites and from beneficiation activities is of continuing concern to government officials, private industry, and the general public because of its effect on human health and the environment. The nations reported volume of mining waste is immense according to a scoping study by the Western Governors Association Mine Waste Task Force in 1992. Because of over 300,000 acres being affected with over 100,000 sites in nine western states, EPA initiated a series of three seminars in 1994 to present available ontrol technologies that may be applicable in controlling these potential problems. This seminar series was cosponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE) and held in three western states. This document contains information presented at those seminars.

The seminar presenters, representatives from EPA, their contractors, DOE, their contractors, and several state representatives discussed the state of knowledge at that time. Basic fundamentals of acid mine drainage, known and probable effects on the public health and environment, and control technologies known and under investigation were presented. Some of the techniques included bioremediation, composting, and innovative approaches being investigated by EPA and others.

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