SAFEMANMIN (Safe Management of Mining Waste and Waste Facilities)

Funded by:		European Commission under the Sixth Framework  
Programme (FP6). Project duration: 18 months (1 January 2007 30 June 2008).

Mining waste is known to be amongst the largest waste streams in the European Union and it ranks first in the relative contribution of wastes in many European Countries. The key problems hindering sustainable environmental management of mining waste are the lack of standard methods for ranking mine sites and collecting inventory data on the basis of environmental risk assessment and the lack of methods for long term monitoring of mining waste.
The purpose of the project is to collect and review information that the operators and the environmental authorities will require for the implementation of the Directive 2006/21/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the management of waste from the extractive industries and amending Directive 2004/35/EC, and to disseminate this knowledge asa widely as possible. It addresses particularly Article 9, which provides for the classification of waste facilities with respect to the possible consequences of an accident, and respectively Annex II – Waste characterisation and Annex III – Criteria for determining the classification of waste facilities.

The activities of the project are divided into four major work packages:

  • Review of Methods for the Characterisation of Mining Waste
  • Review of Risk Assessment Methodologies for the Classification of Mining Waste Facilities, including Old/Abandoned Mining Waste Facilities
  • Review of Techniques for the Prevention and Abatement of Pollution Generated by Mining Wastes
  • Development of a Decision Support Tool for Minimising the Impact of the Mining Industry on the Environment.

In addition to this, two further work packages are included for management and dissemination activities.