Treatment of Acid Rock Drainage: Field Demonstration of Silica Micro Encapsulation Technology and Comparison with an Existing Caustic Soda-Based System
Organization: Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration
Jan 1, 2000
Meldon Quarry is a seemingly rare occurrence of acid rock drainage (ARD) in a quarrying operation.4 With surface waters discharging to a tributary of a salmon-bearing river, it is subject to stringent discharge conditions. The quarry predates effective environmental management, and preventative, control and treatment measures were not implemented until relatively recently. However, retrospectively implementing standard preventative approaches at the site is costly, technically difficult and of uncertain benefit. This paper overviews the recent site history and introduces data from a demonstration by KEECO (UK) Limited of its Silica Micro Encapsulation (SME) water treatment technology.