Planning for Mine Closure- Footprint Reduction and Zero Discharge
CIM Vancouver 2016
Dr Henri Sangam (Director, Toronto Office - Mine Environment - SNC-Lavalin), Mrs Ljiljana Josic (SNC-Lavalin)
A mine life can be from few years to a few decades, but the footprint of the mine site and mine activities can change land forever. Prior to the introduction of mine closure requirements and best practices in the early 1970s, mines were often abandoned without proper reclamation. Mine site rehabilitation has been integrated into the early planning process, even preceding the start of mine operations, and is now an ongoing consideration throughout the mine’s lifetime both from a technical and a financial standpoints. This paper will discuss effort and innovative ways to minimize mine wastes and the environmental impact and minimize the footprint of the mine itself.