Geochemical characterisation of mine waste is necessary under the European Mine Waste Directive, and it is crucial to understanding potential future risks to a project. According to Melanie Cox, “Correct designation of waste is essential; it influences waste management plans and has implications for categorisation of mining waste facilities. Tailoring each site-specific assessment is crucial and a variety of information sources and legislative documents should be consulted to provide the most relevant classification.”

Melanie Cox, a Geochemistry Consultant at SRK Consulting is scheduled to present on the importance of geochemical waste characterisation at MINEX Europe 2019 on 25-27 June 2019. The presentation will outline the approach to classifying mine waste according to European legislation and considers the implications this can have on mine design.