Environmental monitoring of landfills

By Philip Mulvey – Environmental & Earth Sciences and Wendi Trotter – Former Environmental & Earth Sciences    Abstract Groundwater monitoring is usually undertaken to detect the migration of contaminants or leachate from a landfill. Groundwater monitoring is now a requirement of all new, current and some old landfills in New Zealand, set down by the local or regional authority as a result of the Resource Management Act, 1991 (RMA). The positioning of landfill b...

Easy Guide to Mining Waste Characterisation

Easy Guide to Mining Waste Characterisation Waste characterisation is the study of the environmental impacts of mining waste during mining, processing and above ground storage of ore prior to treatment. Waste characterisation needs to consider whether the waste will cause: Acid & metalliferous drainage (AMD) Saline and/or sodic drainage (i.e. neutral mine drainage) Leaching and mobilisation of metals and toxic compounds ...

How do I know if I need an Environmental Consultant?

How do I know if I need an Environmental Consultant? The role of an Environmental Consultant is to advise clients on the best course of action to achieve an outcome which is beneficial for all stakeholders.  Often there are many parties involved in the processes around environmental assessment and management, and as such this can be a stressful and complicated task A Consultant can assess a number of scenarios ranging from chemical spills, leaky underground storage tank...

Solid waste management and disposal systems at mills and refineries

1.0     Introduction Solid waste management at most mills and refineries is controlled by disposal costs. The focus of this paper will be waste management by disposal management.   2.0     Why manage waste? 2.1     EPA Licenses In most Australian states there is a move to license all landfills according to environmental criteria and classify all wastes prior to disposal such that landfills can only receive wastes for which it is licensed (Hine P, 1999, N...

Pesticides

 Centre for Contaminant Geoscience and Silja Kuerzinger – Former Centre for Contaminant Geosciences Contamination of soil, ground and surface waters by pesticides is a huge environmental issue, and a thorough understanding of chemical and biological properties of pesticides is necessary to assess and solve the mechanism of off-target movement and problems of environmental persistence. Pesticides with extremely long half-lives, such as DDT (up to 10 years) and other organochlorine...

Asbestos on development sites: solving your issues effectively

EESI Group has been happy to host industry professionals and our teams in Qld, NSW and VIC for our second 2017 Technical Seminar Asbestos on Development Sites: Solving Your Issues Effectively. As is customary during these sessions, attendees enjoyed refreshments while our in-house specialist led the seminar. Although a recap is not the same thing as being at one of our sessions, for those of you who could not attend, we have included a short rundown of the key points below. We would love s...