acid mines Articles

  • Acid mine drainage treatment

    Acid mine/rock drainage is a rampant problem in the world today. The above photo depicts acid drainage at an abandoned mine in the Yukon Territory of northwest Canada. This mine shares a similar history to thousands of other mines throughout the world. It was in operation for six short years in the 1950’s, producing gold ore. Its profitability eventually failed and it was abandoned. In the ...


    By WesTech Engineering, Inc.

  • The East-Sullivan Mine Site: Merging Prevention and Treatment of Acid Mine Drainage

    At East Sullivan, an innovative treatment of acid effluents is based on the sulphate reduction via the recirculation of water discharging around the impoundment through the organic cover. Data show that despite acid feeds down to pH 2.5, groundwater’s pH near the dispersal zone is maintained above 6. Alkalinity decreases during the recirculation, but is back up to 800 mg/L and more the following ...


    By Hydrogeochem Env. Inc.

  • Membrane technology applied to acid mine drainage from copper mining

    The objective of this study is to evaluate the treatment of high-strength acid mine drainage (AMD) from copper mining by nanofiltration (NF) and reverse osmosis (RO) at pilot scale. The performances of two commercial spiral-wound membranes – NF99 and RO98pHt, both from Alfa Laval – were compared. The effects of pressure and feed flow on ion rejection and permeate flux were evaluated. The ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Mine Water

    THis article shows the use of the Cogent PDV6000plus as a portable analyser used to monitor metal concentration in river and lake water which is polluted by acid mine water from abandoned mine ...

  • Mining, the environment and the treatment of mine effluents

    The environmental impact of mining on the ecosystem, including land, water and air, has become an unavoidable reality. Guidelines and regulations have been promulgated to protect the environment throughout mining activities from start-up to site decommissioning, in particular, the occurrence of acid mine drainage (AMD), due to oxidation of sulfide mineral wastes, has become the major area of ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Assessment of the Microbial Community in a Constructed Wetland that Receives Acid Coal Mine Drainage

    Abstract  Constructed wetlands are used to treat acid drainage from surface or underground coal mines. However, little is known about the microbial communities in the receiving wetland cells. The purpose of this work was to characterize the microbial population present in a wetland that was receiving acid coal mine drainage (AMD). Samples were collected from the oxic sediment zone of a ...


  • Pumping 50 liters/second of extremely acid water in a copper mine

    In the largest underground copper mine in the world, near Santiago de Chile, Grindex Inox pumps are making money! The green colour in the extremely acid water, pH 3, is a result of the high copper content. The mine is interested in reclaiming that copper instead of just sending the water to the treatment plant. The Inox pumps in the picture replaced conventional end-suction pumps that were ...


    By Grindex Pumps

  • Treatment of Acid Mine Effluents Using a Wood- Waste Cover

    At the East Sullivan site, wood wastes covering the abandoned mine tailings impoundment prevent sulfide oxidation by creating an anoxic environment. The addition of coarse ligneous wastes and their high permeability favour infiltration, resulting in a water table rise that maintains most tailings under water saturation and thus provides an additional protection against sulfide oxidation. ...


    By Hydrogeochem Env. Inc.

  • Sustainable mining

    It's imperative that natural resource industries adopt a proactive (even aggressive) approach to the disposal and management of their wastes. Operators must challenge themselves to raise the bar in terms of environmental performance not only to meet the expectations of regulators today (and investors and the general public), but in the future, when requirements will no doubt be even more ...

  • Hydrochemical changes in a reservoir that receives water contaminated by acid mine drainage

    The aim was to characterize hydrochemical changes that take place in the Sancho reservoir, which receives waters contaminated by acid mine drainage (AMD) from the Meca River (Iberian Pyrite Belt, SW Spain). The sampling procedure comprised bimonthly campaigns carried out between October 2011 and May 2012, in the entrance of the reservoir and in the input river waters. In addition to in situ ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Integrated treatment of acid mine drainage using cryptocrystalline magnesite and barium chloride

    This study endeavours to report the efficiency of a hybrid approach in the treatment of acid mine drainage. Cryptocrystalline magnesite was used to pre-treat acid mine drainage and barium chloride was used to remove the residual sulphate through the formation of barium sulphate. Batch experimental approach was adopted and the documented optimum conditions for both cryptocrystalline magnesite ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Pilot test of pollution control and metal resource recovery for acid mine drainage

    The study was undertaken in order to recover the metal resources from acid mine drainage (AMD). A 300 m3/d continuous system was designed and fractional precipitation technology employed for the main metals Fe, Cu, Zn, and Mn recovery. The system was operated for six months using actual AMD in situ. The chemicals' input and also the retention time was optimized. Furthermore, the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Governance and socio-political issues in management of acid mine drainage in South Africa

    The water resources in South Africa are threatened by current and past mining practices such as abandoned and closed mines. While mining is considered valuable for its contribution to this country's gross domestic product, its polluting effects on water and land resources have been criticised as unsustainable. Acid mine drainage (AMD) is one specific public health and ecological issue that has ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Two-stage combined treatment of acid mine drainage and municipal wastewater

    This study examined the feasibility of the combined treatment of field-collected acid mine drainages (AMD, pH = 4.2 ± 0.9, iron = 112 ± 118 mg/L, sulfate = 1,846 ± 594 mg/L) and municipal wastewater (MWW, avg. chemical oxygen demand (COD) = 234–333 mg/L) using a two-stage process. The process consisted of batch mixing of the two wastes to ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Treatment of iron(II)-rich acid mine water with limestone and oxygen

    The main components of acid mine water are free acid, sulphate, and Fe2+. Limestone is the most cost-effective alkali that can be used for neutralization. The purpose of this investigation was to identify conditions where Fe2+ is removed with limestone and simultaneously oxidized with oxygen to Fe3+, in a polyvinyl chloride pipe under pressure. Gypsum ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Influence of aldrich humic acid and metal precipitates on survivorship of mayflies (Atalophlebia spp.) to acid mine drainage

    Humic Substances (HS) have been shown to decrease the toxicity of environmental stressors, however, knowledge on their ability to influence the toxicity of multiple stressors such as metal mixtures and low pH associated with acid mine drainage (AMD) is still limited. The present study investigated the ability of HS to decrease toxicity of AMD to mayflies (Atalophlebia spp.). AMD was collected ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Assessment of nanofiltration and reverse osmosis potentialities to recover metals, sulfuric acid, and recycled water from acid gold mining effluent

    This work assessed the potential of nanofiltration (NF) and reverse osmosis (RO) to treat acid streams contaminated with metals, such as effluent from the pressure oxidation process (POX) used in refractory gold ore processing. NF and RO were evaluated in terms of rejections of sulfuric acid and metals. Regarding NF, high sulfuric acid permeation (∼100%), was observed, while metals were ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • The East-Sullivan Mine Site: Merging Prevention and Treatment of Acid Mine Drainage - update

    ABSTRACTThe East Sullivan mine was closed in 1966, leaving 15 Mt of acid-generating tailings free to contaminate theenvironment. An experimental wood waste cover was implemented in the early 80's in order to prevent sulphideoxidation. Contaminant production and dispersion were investigated in the 90's to validate that concept and guide lateractions. Ligneous wastes stop oxygen, and also favour ...


    By Hydrogeochem Env. Inc.

  • An environmental oriented model for optimum cut-off grades in open pit mining projects to minimize acid mine drainage

    Environmental concerns on mining activities started near the end of the 20th century and is still underway. Due to mining activities, the adverse environmental impact has been significant throughout the history of mankind, whereas the minerals produced by mining activities have been providing the basis for human civilization. The legacy of past mining practices is large quantities of acid ...

  • Buffering of Acidic Mine Lakes: The Relevance of Surface Exchange and Solid- Bound Sulphate

    Buffering mechanisms in an acidic mine lake in Lusatia, Germany were investigated. The titration curve has four sections with different buffering mechanisms: (1) buffering by free hydrogen ions and hydrogen sulphate (pH = 2.55-2.9), (2) buffering by Fe with bound SO4 (pH = 2.9-4.3), (3) buffering by Al with bound SO4 (pH = 4.3-5.5), and (4) buffering by surface exchange of SO4 and basic cations ...


    By Springer

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