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Challenges of water management during tailings remediation – Site and catchment-specific focus

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Management of emerging water volumes and their chemical composition is an important part of the remediation of a former mill site with 2 tailings storage facilities. A vast number of constraints are to be considered resulting from available technical installations as well as requirements for environmental protection on the site but also catchment scale. Based on a case study lessons learned for similar remediation projects are presented which may allow to consider relevant aspects of water management already at an early stage of a mining legacy remediation planning.

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Metschies, T., Laubrich, J., Müller, J., Haupt, M. (2015). Challenges of water management during tailings remediation – Site and catchment-specific focus. In: Merkel, B., Arab, A. (eds) Uranium - Past and Future Challenges. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-11059-2_46

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