oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - South African mine residue disposal practices in a global context : environmental
South African mining and construction companies have become subject to international standards for the planning, design, construction, operation and closure of mine residue storage facilities. With the increasing consciousness worldwide of sustainability, environmental, health and safety issues, the international standards themselves are becoming far more onerous on the owner, designer and operator of these facilities than has previously been the case. In this article some of the aspects of where South African mining companies and their designers and operators have had to modify their previous approaches in order to comply with the standards commonly enforced in the USA, Canada, Australia and the European Union are discussed.
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