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DOI: 10.5593/sgem2011/s20.123

ENVIRONMENTAL STRATEGIES IN THE MINING: THE IMPORTANCE OF DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL STRATEGY FOR WASTE TREATMENT

AUTHOR/S: Z. PANOV, E. RISTOVA, LJ. STEFANOVSKA
Monday 1 August 2011 by Libadmin2011

11th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM2011, www.sgem.org, SGEM2011 Conference Proceedings/ ISSN 1314-2704, June 20-25, 2011, Vol. 3, 319-326 pp

ABSTRACT

Environmental issues at mining companies are so numerous, complex, and
interconnected that an ad hoc approach to problem solving is no longer considered
effective. The growing pressure from all stakeholders forces these companies to adopt
environmental responsibility in all activities. There has a paradigm shift in the attitude
of the companies as it switches over from “Passive environmental strategies“ to
“Proactive environmental strategies”. In this paper, Integrated Eco Permissions (IEP),
incorporated into the national procedure is promoted as a simple, useful method for
simultaneously considering both the importance and performance dimensions when
evaluating or defining environmental strategy. Special emphasis is given to the liquid
and solid waste treatment. Identification of the environmental risks associated with such
waste requires the characterization and quantification of their different types but also an
assessment of the vulnerability of the specific environments contingent upon the
geological and hydro geological conditions and peripheral targets. The notion of
environmental impact of mining activities is only fully meaningful if it includes a
change in the initial environmental parameters, due to such activities. These parameters,
which govern the "quality of the environment", may have several components: chemical
composition of the waters, soils, etc.; biological diversity; visual aesthetic qualities, etc.
This study uses the IEP issuing to identify environmental strategy as distinctive sets of
environmental management activates and evaluate environmental strategy. The major
findings indicate the need that mining industry has from implementing the IEP in
national strategy as well about perform benchmarking with competitors, conduct
environmental risk assessment, improve their waste management practices, as making
environmental investments on regular intervals. A short statistical review is also given
for up to date IEP`s issued and all supported processes and trainings for municipalities
authorities that perform requirement assessments.

Keywords: mining, environmental strategy, implementation, performance matrix

PAPER 2011/s20.123: ENVIRONMENTAL STRATEGIES IN THE MINING: THE IMPORTANCE OF DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL STRATEGY FOR WASTE TREATMENT

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