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Mine closure concepts.
Peterson EK; Gobla MJ
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; :40
Historic mining operations have left a legacy of dangerous mine openings such as open shafts and adits across our public lands. With the recent increases in recreational activities on the public domain the frequency of public visitation to inactive and abandoned mine sites has heightened the need to properly secure dangerous mine excavations. Closing a mine opening is complicated by numerous factors such as presence of endangered species, future mineral potential, need to protect the public, presence of mine gases, and misuse of mine sites as illegal dumping grounds. The presentation reviews the factors that should be evaluated when selecting a closure method, application of closure methods currently in use, and new innovative techniques that have been developed to handle difficult sites.
Mining-industry; Mine-shafts; Environmental-factors; Environmental-hazards; Occupational-hazards; Mine-disasters
Conference/Symposia Proceedings; Abstract
U.S. Bureau of Mines
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