Environmental considerations in tailing disposal

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 72, No. 801, 1979

G.W. POLING, Department of Mineral Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.

This paper evaluates current environmental protection legislation, guidelines and criteria, focusing mainly on the land and water disposal of mill tailings. Effluent criteria and regulatory mechanisms are proposed, and submarine tailing disposal is discussed at length. The importance of basing regulations on the best available rationale is stressed.
Keywords: Tailings disposal, Environmental control, Water pollution, Reagent interactions, Effluents, Pollution control, Island Copper Mine, Marine tailing disposal