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New regulations on management of waste from extractive industries

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08/06/2012 - Mining
From mid-May 2012 entered into effect the Royal Decree 777/2012 amending the previous RD 975/2009, about the management of waste from extractive industries and the protection and rehabilitation of areas affected by mining activities. Jose Manuel Garcia, CEO of AGQ Mining, emphasizes "the setting of objective criteria in the new standard for the characterization as inert of the different extractive industry’s waste, regardless of its type”.

As stated in the RD 777/2012, inert wastes are considered those who "suffer no significant disintegration or dissolution or any other change likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects or harm human health." In this sense, the new rules state in its Annex I a list of wastes that can be considered inert without any experimentation or characterization tests. Besides the obvious importance of this new scope, especially for non-metallic mining industry, it is particularly relevant to determine objective criteria for the characterization as inert of wastes from the extractive industries, regardless of its kind. So far, explains Manuel Jose Garcia "nor the European Directive, neither the Royal Decree 975/2009, or two decisions issued by the European Union (2009/359/EC and 2009/360/EC), have clearly defined limits to concentrations of potentially harmful substances". From now "it is required to compare the concentrations of heavy metals with the generic reference levels established by the Autonomous Communities according to the development and implementation of Royal Decree 9/2005 on contaminated soils," he concludes.

In AGQ Mining & Bioenergy, we are oriented to the needs and obligations of the mining sector, and in this sense, we have adjusted methods for the characterization of mining waste and for predicting their geochemical behavior according to the current RD 777 / 2012, and for the identification and characterization of dangerous waste according to the basic rules of waste.

Correction of errors DR 6931 77/2012