Remediation technologies and technology assessment/selection

Remediation technologies in order to prevent soil and water contamination and to reduce the environmental impact and footprint.

Every mining project includes a design phase, a construction – operational phase and closure phase. Lessons learned from the past show that, while extractive projects are synonymous of economic growth and jobs, they can also raise concerns among local communities due to the possible negative impacts on the environment and human health that might be generated after the closure of the mine.

Remediation technologies and technology assessment/selection

Learning from the past, each sector of the extractive industry should develop a strategy plan for the closure phase in order to prevent soil and water contamination and to reduce the environmental impact and footprint. This effort has been mirrored in the development of more inclusive and participatory approaches to the selection and application of remediation technologies which incorporate the knowledge and experience of a multitude of participants. Due to the inherent variability between mines and environmental conditions, none abatement or treatment technique is effective on all sites and selection of the best method on each site is difficult given the array of methods available. Therefore for each site there are many parameters that should be considered for example:

  • In case of an open pit mining the landscape pollution is an issue of concern. EMMC describes new thinking about landscape and applies new techniques in order to reclaim landscape
  • Prevention of acid drainage from sulfide minerals, by using biological and abiotic strategies for remediating acid mine drainage waters
  • Removal of heavy metals from mine waters in order to prevent water and soil contamination.  


Why contact EMMC for rehabilitation & remediation technologies:

  • Learn about important new legislation to mine closure criteria
  • For each sector of the extractive industry there is a targeted frame with remediation technologies in order to achieve long term stability and sustainability at mine closure
  • Network with experienced scientists in mining sector to help overcome mine closure and rehabilitation

Contact EMMC to see how we can assist you.