Mining Can Be Environmentally and Socially Responsibleaand Still Profitable Even in this regulated, environmentally aware world, running a mine can be done safely, with combined goals of maximizing both the return on investment from extraction and the positive environmental and social impact that a well-run, responsible mine can offer. Responsible Mining is your comprehensive guide to addressing social and environmental risks at mines in the developed world. This book gathers case studies of best practices across the full range of issues. With examples from four continents, you can learn from both your home territory and around the world. Seventy-two leading mine engineers, forestry scientists, conservationists, environmental consultants, sustainability professionals, and geologists from prominent universities, extraction businesses, nongovernmental organizations, and governments have come together within these pages to lead you safely and profitably toward socially, environmentally, and economically beneficial mining practices. Organized around ten sustainability principles required of International Council on Mining and Metals members (including some of the largest extraction businesses in the world), the book addresses nearly every environmental and social consequence of mining in developed countries, including: Am Protecting biodiversity Am Minimizing negative impacts on climate change Am Interacting appropriately with indigenous peoples Am Enhancing the local community and reducing poverty Am Reusing and recycling materials Am Recovering energy Am Recapturing and reusing water Am Managing proper storage, reclamation, and disposal of tailings Am Restoring the land after ceasing mining operations You will want to make this book required reading for all members of your team who are responsible for environmental compliance, resource recovery, sustainability, energy management, and marketing/public relations to facilitate cross-departmental discussions about how to incorporate best practices into your business plans.Figure 10.14 Manual replacement of water: (a) caged transport tank donated by MTI to support water-haul projects for other desert bighorn sheep ... The mining operations have served as proving grounds for this new wildlife water system. ... Mitsubishi Cement installed a similar system in its Lucerne Valley operation ( Figure 10.15). ... Positive effects of water developments on wildlife have been documented for more than 75 years; however, anthropogenic water developments remainanbsp;...
|Author||:||Michelle E. Jarvie-Eggart|
|Publisher||:||SME - 2015-01-08|