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Treatment of copper smelting and refining wastes.
Steele DK; Gritton KS; Odekirk SB
Salt Lake City, UT: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, RI 9522, 1994 Jan; :1-19
The domestic primary copper industry generates in excess of 600 million metric tons of mining and mineral-processing waste annually. The U.S. Bureau of Mines has researched methods to mitigate the environmental threat posed by copper-processing wastes while recovering valuable metals from these materials. Acid-leach processing of flue dusts has been demonstrated feasible along with sulfide treatment of liquid refinery wastes and acid-plant-bleed and gas-cleaning solutions to precipitate dissolved metals. In addition, the feasibility of removing copper and molybdenum from slag, as well as stabilization of precipitated sulfide wastes by vitrification has been investigated.
Arsenic; Bismuth; Copper; Flue-dust; Materials-recovery; Metals; Neutralizing; Precipitation-Chemistry; Smelting; Sulfuric-acid; Waste-processing; Waste-processing-plants; Acid-plant-blow-down
Report of Investigations
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Salt Lake City, UT: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, RI 9522
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