Sampling and monitoring for closure

Reviews in Engineering Geology
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An important aspect of planning a new mine or mine expansion within the modern regulatory framework is to design for ultimate closure. Sampling and monitoring for closure is a form of environmental risk management. By implementing a sampling and monitoring program early in the life of the mining operation, major costs can be avoided or minimized. The costs for treating mine drainage in perpetuity are staggering, especially if they are unanticipated. The Metal Mining Sector of the Acid Drainage Technology Initiative (ADTI-MMS), a cooperative government-industry-academia organization, was established to address drainage-quality technologies of metal mining and metallurgical operations. ADTI-MMS recommends that sampling and monitoring programs consider the entire mine-life cycle and that data needed for closure of an operation be collected from exploration through postclosure.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Sampling and monitoring for closure
Series title Reviews in Engineering Geology
DOI 10.1130/2007.4017(11)
Volume 17
Year Published 2007
Language English
Publisher Geological Society of America
Contributing office(s) Abandoned Mine Lands Initiative
Description 10 p.
First page 171
Last page 180
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