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The i-BO™ process and related treatments for mine waste remediation

McEwan, K. and Ralph, D. (2002) The i-BO™ process and related treatments for mine waste remediation. In: First International Conference on Brownfield Sites: Assessment,Rehabilitation and Development, 2 - 4 September, Cadiz, Spain pp. 525-532.

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Abstract

Acid mine drainage is an ongoing problem associated primarily with sulphidic mine wastes. Remediation of the mine sites is expensive. Micron Research Pty Ltd has developed the i-BO™ Process for treatment of a particularly difficult to remediate tailings dumps located near Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory of Australia. Application of the i-BO ™ Process to the tailings dams results in an increase of the rate of natural weathering and hence acid production. Years of weathering are condensed into months allowing the acid drainage to be controlled and collected. The contained gold, cobalt and copper are then available to downstream metallurgical recovery processes making the remediation process profitable.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: Parker Cooperative Research Centre for Integrated Hydrometallurgy Solutions
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/16767
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