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Synthetic Precipitation Leaching Procedure (SPLP) Leachate Chemistry Data for Solid Mine-Waste Composite Samples from Southwestern New Mexico, and Leadville, Colorado

By Philip L. Hageman, Paul H. Briggs, George A. Desborough, Paul J. Lamothe, and Peter J. Theodorakos

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This report details chemistry data derived from leaching of mine-waste composite samples using a modification of E.P.A. Method 1312, Synthetic Precipitation Leaching Procedure (SPLP). In 1998, members of the U.S. Geological Survey Mine Waste Characterization Project collected four mine-waste composite samples from mining districts in southwestern New Mexico (CAR and PET) and near Leadville, Colorado (TUC and MII). Resulting leachate pH values for the four composites ranged from 5.45 to 8.84 and ranked in the following order: CAR < TUC < MII < PET. Specific conductivity values ranged from 85 μS/cm to 847 μS/cm in the following order: PET < MII < CAR < TUC. Geochemical data generated from this investigation reveal that leachate from the CAR composite contains the highest concentrations of Pb, Zn, Ni, Mn, Cu, Cd, and Al

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Posted January 2007

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