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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.

Please see inside the report.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : WT0969 Source Apportionment Modelling Tools FINAL   (1160k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2012

To: 2015

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