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Today my attention was directed to the new Guide For Mine Closure Planning.   The guide is prepared by IBRAM which is short for Instituto Brasilero de Mineracao, or in English the Brazilian Mining Association.  Well worth downloading and perusing if your interest lie in mine closure. The guide is focused around these seven guidelines: (more…)

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Next week in Brazil is the first InfoMine conference on Mine Closure.  About ninety folk will gather to discuss mine closure in Brazil and South America.  I have read the papers: not a lot of fascination to the rest of us.  Mostly about the theory and postulated future of mine closure laws & regulations in countries that currently have none. The middle of May, I present an EduMine webcast on Mine Closure.  In the  webcast I will review the best few papers from the Brazil conference.  I will also present current case histories of mine closure that I am working on.  And I will go through the theory and practice and issues of mine closure in general.  Come join me. (more…)

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Here is a new document from the US EPA on treating mine-affected waters.  Free to download at this link and worth so doing. The document is titled:  Reference Guide to Treatment Technologies for Mining-Influenced Water (EPA 505-F-12-001). (more…)

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Below is a report that hit my email inbox today.  I repeat in full, not because mines are the main culprit, but because mines are probably NOT the main culprit.  This report is a sobering reminder that dry-cleaners, car-battery recyclers, old military bases, and jails are also major contaminators.  Yet so little is written or done about them—it is not a very sexy topic–so much easier to excoriate mining. Not that Giant, Faro, and a few other old mines are going to be cheap to cleanup. (more…)

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Constructing covers over mining wastes at sites in cold climates involves consideration of these factors that are unique to cold climates: (more…)

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Categories are constructs of our imagination.  We define categories to aid our thinking, analysis, and decision-making.  It is easier to respond immediately if a stimulus fits a preconceived category, than to analyze afresh.  A rustle in the brush fits the definition of the category “Tiger in the woods; the tiger could kill us; therefore flee.”   Why analyze the situation to decide that the wind is merely blowing through the trees and making a nasty sound? (more…)

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The report by the peer review group brought together to review  the EPA report on Bristol Bay and the potential impacts thereon from the Pebble Mine (or other mines that may be developed in the area) is out.  (more…)

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In early 1983 all was well in the mining consulting world.  We had twenty people busy on a great number of mining projects: exploration; resources; site selection; design; contract documents.  All those things we did back then: no EIS; no social responsibility; no sustainable development; and no closure planning. (more…)

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Late evening in Santiago, but still I must post this information.  At this link you will find a fascinating book put out by the Mining Association of Canada and the PDAC.  It is called 100 Innovations in the Mining Industry. It takes a while to download, but be patient.  The resultant product is well worth the wait.  (more…)

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The sun is shining bright and the day is warm here is Huntington Beach, California, where I am spending time with kids and grandkids.  Somehow or other, the pressures of taking the kids to McDonald’s and other diverse hamburger places for lunch, riding the bike down to the beach, being nice at parties to old & new friends, and shopping for the festive season, have left no time for blogging.  Plus there were no obvious topics on mining that met the requisite level of interest and contentiousness.  (more…)

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