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GEOCHEMICAL CONTROLS ON WASTE-ROCK DUMP SEEPAGE CHEMISTRY AT SEVERAL PORPHYRY MINES IN THE CANADIAN CORDILLERAN 1

By Stephen Day and Ben Rees

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Abstract. In 2003, Red Chris Development Company started collecting baseline data to support its application for environmental approvals to mine the Red Chris porphyry copper-gold deposit located in northwestern British Columbia, Canada. An extensive geochemical testing program revealed that the majority of the waste rock has the potential to generate acid. However, the presence of significant quantities of carbonate minerals indicated that most of the rock would probably take several decades to generate acid. This precluded determination of which rock components would leach under acidic conditions using conventional laboratory methods. This information was required to predict future water chemistry and potential requirements for water treatment. As an alternative, waste-rock seepage chemistry data from six operating or recently closed porphyry mines in British Columbia were compiled and evaluated to investigate common hydrogeochemical features which could be used to predict water chemistry at Red Chris. The resulting database contains dissolved ion chemistry spanning the full range of pH conditions

Topics: Acid rock drainage, prediction, metals
Year: 2011
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