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Minerals Environmental In-house and Contract Research and Development in Fiscal Year 1981.
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This publication explains for interested parties, including potential contractors, the ongoing and projected work of the Bureau's environmental research efforts, which were consolidated in 1979 with the formation of the minerals environmental technology program. Among the efforts underway are development of data and technology for assessing the potential environmental impact of minerals development, for monitoring minerals extraction operations, and for establishing reclamation requirements on abandoned mine lands; development and demonstration of technology for control of environmental disturbances during mineral extraction operations; development and demonstration of land reclamation and mine closure techniques to restore or enhance the productive use of mined lands; development of state-of-the-art mining environmental technology in the design and planning of minerals extraction operations; development and demonstration of new mining systems that greatly reduce or eliminate the adverse environmental impacts of minerals extraction; and providing the technologic base for federal, state, and local environmental standards for mining operations. Mineral processing projects include: cleaning mineral processing waters; demonstrating a Bureau process for scrubbing so2 from power plant stack gas; stabilizing discarded dusts, slags, and tailings; removing hazardous contaminants from byproduct wastes; and improving metallurgical process engineering to reduce pollution. Fiscal year 1981 funding for this program is about $21 million.
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