Environmental impact of mining and mineral processing : by Ravi Jain

By Ravi Jain

Environmental effect of Mining and Mineral Processing: administration, tracking, and Auditing suggestions covers the entire features on the topic of mining and the surroundings, together with environmental review on the early making plans levels, environmental administration in the course of mine operation, and the identity of significant affects. applied sciences for the therapy of mining, mineral processing, and metallurgical wastes also are lined, in addition to environmental administration of mining wastes, together with disposal recommendations and the remedy of mining effluents.

  • Presents a scientific technique for environmental evaluate of mining and mineral processing projects
  • Provides professional suggestion for the implementation of environmental administration platforms which are designated to the mining industry
  • Effectively addresses a couple of environmental demanding situations, together with air caliber, water caliber, acid mine drainage, and land and fiscal impacts
  • Explains the most recent in environmental tracking and keep an eye on platforms to restrict the environmental influence of mining and processing operations

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Environmental management systems are currently used to efficiently manage environmental impacts, ensure regulatory compliance, reduce costs and risks, and improve reputation, and meet stakeholder demands (National Mining Association, 2012). To successfully implement and operate a mine in an environmentally, economically, and socially responsible manner, mine management must be aware of the following: • What is an EMS? 00003-6 Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. 2 WHAT IS AN EMS? An environmental management system (EMS) is designed to help companies manage their environmental liabilities and responsibilities and involves a continuous cycle of improvement (Hilson and Nayee, 2002; National Mining Association, 2012; Newbold, 2006).

Monitoring activities should be carried out by the EMS task force on a regular basis according to the compliance calendar. Depending on regulations and permits, specific monitoring activities or sampling methods may need to be followed for certain environmental aspects (National Mining Association, 2012). Monitoring activities may include equipment calibration, routine sampling, laboratory analyses, and visual inspections. Further information on monitoring is provided in Chapter 5. During monitoring activities, any incidents or non-compliance events should be identified, documented, reported to management, and addressed.

An EIS should be prepared for “major actions,” defined as those actions having significant environmental impacts. To 32 Environmental Impact of Mining and Mineral Processing determine whether impacts should be considered significant, the following questions may provide guidance: • Will the implementation of the action or program have a significant adverse effect on the quality of the human environment? • Will the action be deemed environmentally controversial? (Controversy caused by other considerations, such as local politics or economics, does not, by itself, trigger this requirement) • Are the possible adverse environmental impacts highly uncertain or do they involve unique or unknown risks?

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