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Tamás Meggyes University of Wolverhampton, UK, formerly of BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Berlin
Karl Ernst Roehl Karlsruhe University
Darron Dixon-Hardy University of Leeds
Mine tailings
Tailings are fine-grained residues from the milling process, emerging as slurries that are deposited in ponds or lagoons, often confined by man-made embankments or dams. These tailings management facilities can present serious threats to the environment and to human life, especially where there is improper design, handling or management. Their failure may result in uncontrolled spills of tailings, dangerous flow-slides, and/or the release of poisonous chemicals, leading to major environmental catastrophes.
State-of-the-art review
The TAILSAFE (Sustainable Improvement in Safety of Tailings Facilities) project, funded under the European Commission's 5th Framework RTD Programme, was carried out from 2002 to 2005. Although based mainly on European case studies, the project also built on world-wide experience and results. This book presents the outcome of an extensive state-of-the-art review carried out within the project.
Topics covered

Mineral-processing methods, with special emphasis on tailings production and water management


Slurry handling, treatment and transport techniques, including dewatering and paste technologies


Tailings placement, and lagoon and dam design and formation practices

Authorisation, management, monitoring and inspection practices


Major risks to the safety of uranium tailings facilities, and their environmental impacts


Parameters governing the safety of tailings management facilities


Price: £59.00 (UK), £62.00 (rest of world) including postage
A4 paperback, 420 pages
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Chris McDonald University of Leeds,UK

D.P. Georgescu, Institute for Rare & Radioactive Metals, Romania

C.A. Radulescu, Institute for Rare & Radioactive Metals, Romania

M. Zlagnean, Institute for Rare & Radioactive Metals, Romania

I. Gombköto, University of Miskolc, Hungary

J. Bohm, University of Miskolc,  Hungary

M. Csovári, Mecsek Ore Environment Plc,  Hungary

I. Benkovics,  Mecsek Ore Environment Plc, Hungary

Z. Berta, Mecsek Ore Environment Plc,  Hungary

G.N. Anastassakis, National Technical University of Athens,  Greece

E. Mylona, National Technical University of Athens,  Greece

T. Kalamboki, National Technical University of Athens,  Greece

A. Xenidis, National Technical University of Athens,  Greece

I. Paspaliaris, National Technical University of Athens,  Greece

Á. Debreczeni, University of Miskolc,  Hungary

J. Engels, University of Leeds,  UK

J. Saarela, Finnish Environment Institute,  Finland

R. Anderson,  Finnish Environment Institute,  Finland

K. Kreft Burman,  Finnish Environment Institute,  Finland