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Characterization of abandoned and inactive mine sites: Katherine Mine, Arizona - a case history.

Authors
Moyle-PR; Iverson-SR; McNary-SW; Fay-JM
Source
Abstract Book, U.S. Department of the Interior Conference on the Environment and Safety, April 24-28, 1995. Washington, DC: U.S. Bureau of Mines, 1995 Apr; :36
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
20024892
Abstract
Thousands of potentially hazardous abandoned and inactive mine sites are present on public lands in the United States. The U.S. Bureau of Mines has developed procedures for characterization of those mineral-related sites prioritized as having high potential for environmental or physical hazards. The purpose of characterization is to identify the nature and extent of hazards and to determine appropriate remediation measures, if necessary. Site characterization involves careful integration of multi-disciplinary investigations, a "holistic" approach, in order to fully understand and evaluate the complex environmental relationships and problems unique to each site. The Katherine Mine, Mill, and tailings site in Mojave County, Arizona provides a good example of successful application of the characterization process. Integration of engineering, geotechnical, geochemical, hydrological, geophysical, statistical, and related disciplines with a Geographic Information System platform succeeded in identifying hazards and providing the National Park Service with sound recommendations for mitigation measures. The procedures described have wide-spread applications to mineral related sites on lands managed by Interior Department agencies.
Keywords
Mining-industry; Occupational-hazards; Hazards; Environmental-hazards; Environmental-factors; Engineering
Publication Date
19950424
Document Type
Conference/Symposia Proceedings; Abstract
Fiscal Year
1995
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
NIOSH Division
SRC
Source Name
U.S. Bureau of Mines
State
DC; WA
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