A Study of Long Term Cyanide Residuals At an Historically Significant Site.
Church-RH; Boyle-JR Jr.
Proc Western Reg Symp on Mining and Mineral Proces Wastes Berkeley SME 1990 :105-113
This U.S. Bureau of Mines report describes a study of cyanide residuals at a historically significant cyanide leaching operation in South Carolina. The use of cyanide for the heap leaching of gold and its potential impact on the environment are under scrutiny by private and governmental organizations. The study was conducted in and around an abandoned cyanide tailings pond used to impound cyanide mill tailings to determine the long-term fate of cyanide in the environment. The analyses of water and soil samples collected within the waste impoundment and the area immediately adjacent are presented, and the results are described. Water samples collected from the monitoring wells enveloping the tailings area of the waste impoundment revealed no cyanide contamination occurring in the groundwater.
Proc. Western Reg. Symp. on Mining and Mineral Proces. Wastes, Berkeley; SME, 1990, PP. 105-113