A Quantitative Approach to Optimize Chemical Treatment of Acid Drainage Using Geochemical Reaction Path Modeling Methods: Climax Mine, Colorado

Tempel, Regina N. ; Lengke, Maggy F. ; Ford, R. Craig ; Eastep, Timothy E. ; Roming, Bryce R. ; Clothier, Geoff
Organization: Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration
Pages: 6
Publication Date: Jan 1, 2000
The Climax Mine, near Leadville, Colorado treats acid drainage in a lime neutralization chemical treatment system. Chemical treatment has been successful in reducing the concentration of metals to below surface water discharge effluent limits, but lime usage has not been optimized. A geochemical modeling approach has been developed to increase the efficiency of lime neutralization. The modeling approach incorporates two steps: (1) calibration, and (2) calculation of amount of lime needed to increase pH and remove metals. Results of our work quantify the lime treatment process and improve our ability to predict overall water quality.
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