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Implications of the Water Pollution Control Act of 1972 for the Mineral Resource Industry, a Survey.

NTIS: PB 245 936 :61 pages
This report summarizes the cost of U.S. mining and milling industry compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) interim water quality guidelines for waste discharges. Applicable excerpts from Public Law 92-500 are stated and interpreted in conjunction with the guidelines being used for implementation of the law. Over 200 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers applications for discharge permits were used to develop the quality and quantity data base needed to estimate the cost to comply with EPA guidelines. Cost of three basic treatment methods were considered: aeration, addition of lime, and sedimentation. From the process design, cost-capacity graphs were developed to consider maximum flow rate, maximum lime addition, and average flow rates. The cost of complying with the EPA guidelines will have the effect of prompting the mining industry to minimize the production of waste water and to undertake some additional treatment. Two case studies are presented to illustrate efforts that might be fruitful for minimizing waste water production and for treatment of combinations of acid mine drainage, mill wastes, and metallurgical process wastes when treatment is deemed necessary.
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NTIS: PB 245 936
Page last reviewed: December 3, 2021
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division