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Evaluation of Mill Tailings Disposal Practices and Potential Dam Stability Problems in Southwestern United States. Reconnaissance Report. United States Department of the Interior Bureau of Mines, Washington, D.C.


PB243078

Publication Date 1974
Page Count 60
Abstract The report presents the results of reconnaissance-level investigations of the mill refuse disposal systems for 15 plants throughout the conterminous United States. The sites visited represent a cross section of the copper, iron, lead and zinc, and phosphate industries' practices in the field of fine-grained refuse disposal. The reconnaissance-level investigations were carried out to gather supplemental data to the in-depth studies of Kennecott's Magna and Phelps Dodge's Morenci tailings deposits and Kennecott's Chino leaching dump. The various sites visited were classified according to the different systems and techniques used by the mining industry. The probable effects and relationships between site conditions and disposal methods were determined and evaluated to the extent feasible by a reconnaissance level investigation.
Keywords
  • Waste disposal
  • Tailings
  • Mining industries
  • Dams
  • Southwest Region(United States)
  • Refuse disposal
  • Industrial plants
  • Failure
  • Sites
  • Copper
  • Iron and steel industry
  • Lead
  • Zinc industry
  • Phosphate industry
  • Feasibility
  • Performance evaluation
  • Copper industry
  • Lead industry
Source Agency
  • Bureau of Mines
NTIS Subject Category
  • 50B - Civil Engineering
  • 68C - Solid Wastes Pollution & Control
  • 48A - Mineral Industries
Corporate Authors Wahler (W. A.) and Associates, Palo Alto, Calif.; BUREAU OF Mines, Washington, D.C.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 197519
Contract Number
  • S0110520
Evaluation of Mill Tailings Disposal Practices and Potential Dam Stability Problems in Southwestern United States. Reconnaissance Report. United States Department of the Interior Bureau of Mines, Washington, D.C.
Evaluation of Mill Tailings Disposal Practices and Potential Dam Stability Problems in Southwestern United States. Reconnaissance Report. United States Department of the Interior Bureau of Mines, Washington, D.C.
PB243078

  • Waste disposal
  • Tailings
  • Mining industries
  • Dams
  • Southwest Region(United States)
  • Refuse disposal
  • Industrial plants
  • Failure
  • Sites
  • Copper
  • Iron and steel industry
  • Lead
  • Zinc industry
  • Phosphate industry
  • Feasibility
  • Performance evaluation
  • Copper industry
  • Lead industry
  • Bureau of Mines
  • 50B - Civil Engineering
  • 68C - Solid Wastes Pollution & Control
  • 48A - Mineral Industries
  • S0110520
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