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Innovative strategies in the characterization of mining waste.

13/09/2012 - Mining
A new approach to the mining sector has been established worldwide: sustainability, that is, the risk of environmental impact must be evaluated from the early explorations to the liabilities' close. In this sense, from the initial stages of prospecting and geological exploration and until the beginning of operations, studies are needed to predict and anticipate the potential environmental impacts that are going to happen at the time of the operational phase and beyond. Therefore, the mining sector as a whole requires reliable prediction techniques and evaluation of future geochemical behaviors. AGQ Peru SAC, in its Mining Division, has advanced equipment and experience in Environmental Geochemistry for the characterization of waste and mining liabilities, always based on innovative strategies.

The AGQ Group's international presence allows us to transfer  experiences and capabilities to AGQ Peru SAC so that it is positioned as a new benchmark in Peru for trials and studies of Environmental Geochemistry.

There is a wide set of methodologies for the characterization and evaluation of geochemical behavior and prediction of acid water drains. We apply internationally recognized standards and procedures in our Technology Center, and they have been recently incorporated the procedures promoted by the new European Union directives.


Specifically, our range of methodologies and procedures are structured in five main areas of work:

and they are based on the following guidelines and recommendations:
  • BEST AVAILABLE TECHNIQUES OF MANAGEMENT AND WASTE-TAILING OF ROCK IN MINING ACTIVITIES (European Commission).
  •  MINE WASTE Characterization Project (U.S. Geological Survey)
  •  ACID ROCK DRAINAGE GLOBAL - GARD (INAP The International Network for Acid Prevention).
  •  ACID MINE DRAINAGE PREDICTION (U.S. EPA 530-R-94-036)
  •  DRAINAGE MANUAL PREDICTION FROM SULPHIDIC GEOLOGIC MATERIALS CHEMISTRY (Natural Resources Canada).
 
This set of services complements the analysis capabilities of rocks and minerals, for which we have the ISO-17025 accreditation issued by the North American entity IAS and environmental testing and analysis, and studies of metallurgical processes on laboratory scale.