Science Inventory

PASSIVE TREATMENT OF ACID ROCK DRAINAGE FROM A SUBSURFACE MINE

Citation:

FOOTE, M., H. JOYCE, S. NORDWICK, AND D. R. BLESS. PASSIVE TREATMENT OF ACID ROCK DRAINAGE FROM A SUBSURFACE MINE. ISBN: 9780813741178, Chapter 9, J.V. DeGraff (ed.), Understanding and Responding to Hazardous Substances at Mine Sites in the Western U.S. Reviews in Engineering Geology (REG017). Geological Society of America, BOULDER, CO, XVII:153-161, (2007).

Description:

Acidic, metal-contaminated drainages are a critical problem facing many areas of the world. Acid rock drainage results when metal sulfide minerals, particularly pyrite, are oxidized by exposure to oxygen and water. The deleterious effects of these drainages on receiving streams are well known. To address this problem, efforts are being made to use biological processes as an innovative, cost-effective means for treating acidic metal-contaminated drainage. Biological sulfate reduction (BSR) technology can be adapted to diverse site conditions and water chemistry. The Lilly mine near the community of Elliston, Montana, illustrates some of the specific conditions that can challenge effective application of BSR technology.

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (BOOK CHAPTER)
Product Published Date: 06/30/2007
Record Last Revised: 10/02/2007
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 159412

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL RISK MANAGEMENT RESEARCH LABORATORY

SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGY DIVISION

SYSTEMS ANALYSIS BRANCH