Treatment of Percolate from Metal Sulfide Mine Tailings with a Permeable Reactive Barrier of Transformed Red Mud
Metal sulfide tailings of the Sardinian (Italy) abandoned Baccu Locci arsenic mine show high concentrations of aluminum, arsenic, cadmium, copper, manganese, lead, and zinc in acid percolate (pH = 4) and have been classified as “dangerous waste.” This paper shows that the release of toxic metals can be strongly reduced when the tailings are placed on a reactive permeable bed (7 wt %) of porous, alkaline pellets of transformed red mud (TRM). During a laboratory percolation test, two columns with 80 kg of waste, of which one contained a bottom layer of TRM pellets, were each alimented with 600 L of de-ionized water. Comparing pH, electroconductivity, metal, and sulfate concentrations of collected percolate from both columns demonstrates efficient neutralization (pH = 7.4) and removal of metals (80 to 99%) for the column with the permeable reactive bottom layer.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2010-04-01
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