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Application of a New methodology for Assessing the Priorities for Abandoned Mine Water Pollution Remediation at a National Scale: Results and Implications from a Study across England and Wales

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Adam Jarvis, Dr David Johnston, Dr Hugh Potter


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The results of the application of a methodology for the national-scale assessment of pollution from abandoned non-coal mines in England and Wales are presented. It is clear from this that the scale of pollution from abandoned metal mines is nationally significant. In the Northumbria River Basin District of north-east of England, for example, numerous river catchments appear to be at risk of failing to meet objectives of the Water Framework Directive, specifically due to the presence of elevated concentrations of potentially ecotoxic metals such as zinc. The difficulties of resolving these problems, in the context of potentially conflicting priorities, are discussed.

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Author(s): Jarvis AP, Johnston D, Mayes WM, Potter HAB

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 10th International Conference on Mine Water and the Environment

Year of Conference: 2008

Pages: 525-528

Publisher: International Mine Water Association


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