WORKSHOP: Use of Geochemical Data in Addressing Environmental Problems in the Mining Industry Workshop
|Use of Geochemical Data in Addressing Environmental Problems in the Mining Industry Workshop : Workshop held prior to the Mine Closure Conference
A one day workshop on the application of geochemical data in the assessment of the mining environment specifically designed for mine personnel having no formal training in environmental geochemistry, and only rudimentary understanding of geochemistry and geochemical data.
Environmental geochemical assessment mining and the storage of waste rock and tailings have become integral and vital parts of mine planning, management and closure. Whilst mines employ environmental officers and may have significant environmental departments, normally few have had formal training in environmental geochemistry. Such training is also far from universal amongst staff of consultancies advising the mining industry. This workshop provides a theoretical foundation to the impacts of metals and other chemical substances encountered on the mine site on the natural environment, and practical advice on the acquisition, interpretation and reporting of environmental geochemical data. In addition to well-illustrated presentations on individual topics, it will encourage discussion of individual problems and cases raised by those attending.
Who should attend? The workshop will be of interest to anyone associated with the mining industry who has ever been in possession of the results of geochemical analysis relating to the environment or has had to address a chemical contamination problem and thought, “where do I begin?”. Material presented in the workshop is designed for mine personnel with only rudimentary experience in geochemistry and likely have no formal training in environmental geochemistry. As such, it would be of value to a wide variety of mining (and consulting) personnel who have need to report on the geochemical aspects of the mine site, including mine managers, environmental officers, waste rock and tailings managers, geologists and engineers.
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