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Coal Authority’s provision of technical input into research for categorisation and remediation of pollution from non-coal abandoned mines - WT1578

This contract is to provide technical expertise for the completion of three existing research projects investigating innovative remediation technologies and better characterisation of non-coal mine water pollution. Failure to provide this expertise will jeopardise the successful completion of these research projects and technical quality of their research outputs. These three projects were commissioned in order to comply with WFD requirements to implement measures to tackle sources of failure to meet good water quality status

Results from this evidence activity will inform Defra’s strategy for remediation of pollution from abandoned metal mines. This pollution is a significant problem: metal mines contribute to 10% of failure to achieve Water Framework Directive (WFD) ‘good status’ objectives in surface and groundwater bodies in England and Wales. Many mines are actively polluting and typically contain high concentrations of priority hazardous substances. Since most metal mines are already abandoned, the responsibility falls to government (Defra) to tackle the pollution in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.

This project supports Defra’s strategic priority to protect the environment as well as a priority within the Evidence Investment Strategy for ‘Managing water resources sustainably’.

Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2014

To: 2016

Cost: £19,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
The Coal Authority
Water Pollution              
Water Quality