Using mining by-products as environmental amendments

G. Douglas, L. Wendling

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    The four year joint project between CSIRO and the Western Australian Department of Water-based Water Foundation, investigated the characteristics of a range of mining industry by-products, which are currently unused, to determine whether they could instead be productively applied as high volume, low-cost environmental amendments. CSIRO project leader, Dr Grant Douglas, says a number of the largely unexploited, abundant, and low-cost by-products generated from mineral processing could be directly applied or further developed as designer contaminant adsorbents. At the commencement of the project, various suitable mining by-products from industries such as alumina, heavy minerals, iron ore, and magnesia processing were procured. The potential benefits of this project could be realized worldwide where by-product materials are generated and significant environmental water or land management issues exist.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)32-33
    Number of pages2
    JournalAusIMM Bulletin
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011
    MoE publication typeD1 Article in a trade journal


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