Update on the INAP GARD Guide
The objective of the GARD Guide (Global Acid Rock Drainage Guide) is to be the premier reference for the mining industry, regulators, NGOs and the public on acid rock drainage prevention. The Guide will address the production of contaminants from sulphide mineral oxidation that can result in acid rock drainage (ARD), neutral mine drainage (NMD) and saline mine drainage (SD). The Guide, developed through INAP (International Network for Acid Prevention), the Global Alliance (GA) and other organizations, will cover all phases of a mining operation from initial discovery through to final closure (“cradle-to-cradle”). It will aid industry in providing higher levels of environmental protection, assist governments in assessment and regulation under their jurisdictions and support the public’s understanding of acid prevention proposals and practices. INAP desires companies, consultants, NGOs, regulators and other stakeholders to review the draft version and recommend improvements and additions. This version is located on the internet, and will be in the Wikipedia format. The GARD Guide is planned to be a “living” document that will be continually updated and improved.