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Making Uranium-Mining More Sustainable – The FP7 Project EO-MINERS

  • W. Eberhard Falck
  • Henk Coetzee
Part of the Springer Geology book series (SPRINGERGEOL)

Abstract

Every mining operation impacts the environment and the adjacent communities to a lesser or greater degree and minimizing such impacts is at the core of initiatives to make mining, including uranium mining more sustainable. Over the past two decades work has focused on remediating uranium mining legacies in the wake of mine closures. However, with the demand for uranium increasing again, old mines are revived and new mines opened. In order to avoid the mistakes and poor practices of the past, we need to look into methods to make uranium mining operations more sustainable. The European Commission Framework Programme 7 project EO-Miners aims to support stakeholder dialogue by providing independent information based mainly on earth-observation techniques with a focus on remote sensing. Typical information that can be gathered includes mine land-use, the state of remediation including recultivation success, the dispersal of acid mine drainage, surface radioactivity, risks from spoil heaps and dams, landscape fragmentation due to mine infrastructure encroachment of informal settlements on mine-affected land, etc. This paper describes the processes and procedures that are being developed in the EO-Miners project for making such earth-observation techniques useful for deliberative stakeholder processes.

Keywords

Acid Mine Drainage Uranium Mining Informal Settlement Extensive Property Tailing Pond 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Eberhard Falck
    • 1
  • Henk Coetzee
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire REEDSUniversité de Versailles St. Quentin-en-YvelinesRambouilletFrance
  2. 2.Council for GeosciencePretoriaSouth Africa

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