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RCRA Regulation Impact on Alaska Mineral Development Tailings Management.


PB93100857

Publication Date 1992
Personal Author Brodie, M. J.; Banta, F. R.; Skermer, N. A.
Page Count 147
Abstract The report reviews the regulatory environment as it pertains to tailings management and disposal from mining operations, excluding coal and placer gold operations, in the state of Alaska. It is based on the EPA's staff position on an effective program to regulate mining wastes as presented in the May, 1990 Strawman II document. The unique conditions which occur in parts of the state, including a fragile environment, high seismicity and permafrost, are identified. The special waste management practices which are necessitated by these conditions are delineated. The report provides a detailed outline of the current technologies which are suitable for designing, constructing, operating and closing a tailings disposal facility to meet environmental protection objectives. Cost implications to the mining industry of potential regulatory actions, such as the degree of groundwater protection, are examined.
Keywords
  • Waste management
  • Tailings
  • Ore processing
  • Pollution regulations
  • Alaska
  • Environmental protection
  • Mining
  • Performance standards
  • Natural resouces management
  • Closures
  • Pollution abatement
  • Case studies
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Cost analysis
  • Surface impoundment
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
Source Agency
  • Bureau of Mines
NTIS Subject Category
  • 68C - Solid Wastes Pollution & Control
  • 48A - Mineral Industries
  • 48B - Natural Resource Management
  • 43F - Environment
Corporate Authors Steffen, Robertson and Kirsten, Inc., Vancouver (British Columbia).; Bureau of Mines, Juneau, AK. Alaska Field Operations Center.
Supplemental Notes See also PB91-178418. Sponsored by Bureau of Mines, Juneau, AK. Alaska Field Operations Center.
Document Type Technical Report
Title Note Open file rept.
NTIS Issue Number 199301
RCRA Regulation Impact on Alaska Mineral Development Tailings Management.
RCRA Regulation Impact on Alaska Mineral Development Tailings Management.
PB93100857

  • Waste management
  • Tailings
  • Ore processing
  • Pollution regulations
  • Alaska
  • Environmental protection
  • Mining
  • Performance standards
  • Natural resouces management
  • Closures
  • Pollution abatement
  • Case studies
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Cost analysis
  • Surface impoundment
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
  • Bureau of Mines
  • 68C - Solid Wastes Pollution & Control
  • 48A - Mineral Industries
  • 48B - Natural Resource Management
  • 43F - Environment
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