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Title: Abandoned mines and the water environment : report of the National Rivers Authority
Author: National Rivers Authority
Document Type: Monograph
Abstract:
Abandoned mines are a source of poor water quality in specific areas of England and Wales. The situation is a long standing one in many cases, but mines are still being abandoned so that, in a general sense, the situation is continuing to deteriorate. This trend needs to be reversed, but the extent to which remedial measures can and should be taken with regard to long abandoned mines needs careful consideration and prioritisation. It is a subject upon which the NRA has previously given written evidence to Government. Dealing with the problem is not helped by the legal position, which is briefly discussed in this report. The nature of mine water is also briefly described, because it determines not only the effects which such waters have on the aquatic environment, but the difficulties which arise when trying to ameliorate such effects which vary from the aesthetic to the toxic. With regard to existing mines, responsibility remains with the mine owners. The NRA's dealings with British Coal are briefly discussed, and also advice given to Government Departments.
Publisher: National Rivers Authority
Publication Date: 1994
Publication Place: Bristol
Subject Keywords: MiningWater qualityEnvironmental degradationMine spoilLegislation
Geographic Keywords: EnglandWales
Extent: 46
Permalink: http://www.environmentdata.org/archive/ealit:4107
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