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Characterisation and targeting of measures for (non-coal) polluted mine waters - Source apportionment of pollution from non-coal mines - WT0969

This is the second of a trio of projects planned in partnership with EA and the Coal Authority, with whom we have an agreement to manage the projects for us. Non-coal abandoned metal mines contribute to 8% of failures to achieve WFD good status objectives in surface and groundwater bodies in England and Wales. 70 priority water bodies in England and 47 in Wales require remedial measures to mitigate pollution from mining. Many mines are actively polluting and both mine waters and sediments typically contain high concentrations of priority hazardous and polluting substances. However, since most metal mines are already abandoned, the onus is upon government and its agencies to tackle the pollution in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible.

• Review existing source apportionment modelling tools, evaluate their applicability for metals pollution from abandoned non-coal mines and identify any limitations of these tools.

• Identify the tools necessary to support cost-effective modelling of catchment characterisation studies for future metals source apportionment, bearing in mind any work carried out to date, any specific data collection requirements for WFD delivery project and any specific requirements to develop and adapt these tools for mining (metals) pollution.

• Apply the preferred tool (s) to two contrasting mine-impacted river catchments to demonstrate the benefits of the approach.

• Produce guidance on best practice for source apportionment and associated data collection.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2012

To: 2015

Cost: £135,193
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Newcastle University, University of Hull
Water Quality