In many countries mine sites fall under contaminated sites regulation and as such there is a need to consider and integrate contaminated sites issuesas part of mine permitting, operations, closure and rehabilitation planning.
At MEM we understand that laboratory data provides the scientific basis for the majority of technical studies related to environmental management. We believe in a first principles scientific approach and fully embrace ongoing advancements in technical research. No site is the same and as such our guiding principle is to be specialised and not generalised, to embrace change not resist it so that we can innovate and not stagnate.
Tailings and mine waste facilities comprise the largest engineering projects in the world and pose the most significant long-term management risks for many sites. As such MEM believes that getting it right first time is critical when it comes to designing and managing these facilities.
From the moment the exploration drill rigs start turning to the rehabilitation of the site geochemistry underpins critical decision making and planning for many aspects of a mining project. As such geochemistry assessments typically involve and influence site wide aspects such as permitting and regulation, mine planning and operational optimisation decision making, as well as project economics and long-term strategy.
Based on our experience of working with operational teams on site we understand the need for practical, timely and pragmatic advice. Because many aspects of geochemistry and waste management are very specialised, and cross discipline, not every site is fortunate enough to have a dedicated “expert” on hand to assist with operational aspects of mine waste and environmental management.
From the assessment of long term impacts to sensitive surface water bodies, and from mine waste facility discharges to occupational health and safety risks posed by mining and handling reactive waste rock, the assessment and quantification of risk is integral to all aspects of the project life cycle.
Site investigations are often the most costly part of many environmental assessments. Getting things right is of paramount importance and as such our focus is on exceptional planning and execution for these projects to deliver results.
At MEM we believe prevention is better than cure and through integrated, sustainable and innovative planning the requirement for water treatment can be significantly reduced. However, we recognise that under many scenarios some form of water treatment is often required to support site operations as part of environmental management.