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ITRC – IMPROVING REGULATORY ACCEPTANCE FOR NEW APPROACHES TO MINE WASTE ISSUES 1

By Paul Eger, Cherri Baysinger and Steve Hill

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Abstract: Mining practices and the lack of mine land reclamation and restoration have led to sites with significant environmental and human health issues. Historical and current practices have led to operating sites with mine waste issues that must be addressed when operations cease. Typical remedial solutions are often lengthy and expensive, and are unacceptable to the mining community, the regulatory community and to the public. Some mined sites contain enough residual mineralization that further development, remining and subsequent reclamation may be economically feasible. Some current operations may even have the infrastructure in place to comanage the cleanup of legacy waste while in operation. However, current regulations often provide barriers to these approaches. Innovative approaches and technologies need to be developed and implemented at current and former mining projects that solve our environmental issues and remove existing regulatory barriers. To help achieve this goal, the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC) started a team to address mine waste issues in 2007. The ITRC is a state-led, national coalition helping regulatory agencies, site owners

Year: 2011
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