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Friday, 05 December 2014 05:23

FSE Comment on Joburg SDF

Academics and the FSE consider residential townships, edible crop production and livestock grazing to be high risk land-uses for tailings storage facilities (TSFs), TSF footprints and areas within aqueous or aerial zone of influence of TSFs and metallurgical plants in South Africa. Failure by regulators and industry to agree on suitable ‘soft’ end land-uses and buffer zones could exacerbate liabilities for the City of Johannesburg by resulting in subsequent land-uses that are sub-economic or risky.

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The FSE has commented on Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development's project to reclaim mine residue areas for future development purposes.

"If we were to judge the future environmental impacts of the reclamation of tailings dams grounded upon the current environmental impacts and management of the reclamation of tailings dams, we have reason for serious concern."

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Sunday, 23 November 2008 00:23

Processing of Tailing - discussion doc

Rand Uranium Proposed Reprocessing Of Tailings For Gold And Uranium Extraction in the Randfontein/Westonaria Region

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Sunday, 10 February 2013 21:58

Tailings Storage Facility

It has been noted, not without serious concern that the Project will result in:

  • The loss of a wetlands system and that no mitigation methods can be realistically prescribed for this activity;
  • The placement of the TSF within or next to wetland areas will impact on the underlying geohydrology of the system;
  • The surface hydrological dynamics would be altered which will have both water quality and quantity implications for the catchment; and
  • The subsequent loss of ecological services (an important ecological service identified for the system is the enhancement of water quality) provided by the wetland units within this catchment area;
  • The TSF area may have water quality and quantity implications for the downstream water users;
  • The selected TSF site may not be ideal for tailings construction from a wetlands perspective since it is surrounded by wetlands on three sites and very close to the riparian zones of uncommon unchannelled valley bottom wetlands as well as the fact
  • that pans occur in the centre of the site;
  • An offset strategy is recommended but the strategy has not been compiled in consultation with the relevant authorities and interested and affected parties.

A full comment is available to download.

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