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Tailings Management Facilities
 
Editors
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
 
 
 
 
 
Last modified on 27 January 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  


 

Contributors

 
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