As the mining stops and the repair begins, the commitment of mining companies and government regulators are being put to the test on a global scale.
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The success of the rehabilitation of the Ranger uranium mine will be judged by criteria created by the mining company.
Old mine sites suffer many fates, which range from simply being abandoned to being incorporated into towns or turned into an open-air museum in the case of Gwalia, Western Australia.
The industrial patterns of mining shaped many Australian towns, which found varied uses for disused mine sites. The mining boom ensures the challenges these sites present will be with us a long time.
The devastating impact of mine closures could be avoided with economic and scientific interventions.
Mineral processing tailings are pumped into a storage facility. Are there still valuable commodities in this waste?
Identifying mine waste materials as economic resources will help support global demand for critical metals, boosting the mining industry during the downturn. All with environmental benefits.
Faced with abandoned mines, let’s show some ambition: we could be building wetlands and rainforests.
Last Saturday, toxic material leaked from the Ranger uranium mine in the Northern Territory. The mine ceased operation in 2011 after more than 30 years in action, raising the question of what happens to…
The Wieliczka salt mine in Poland is now a wedding venue.
Is it possible to have an ice-skating rink in an old mine? Or perhaps a wine and cheese cellar in a mine shaft? Or even a swimming pool in a processing plant? It isn’t just possible – it can be environmentally…