Journal :   Asian Journal of Research in Chemistry

Volume No. :   5

Issue No. :  2

Year :  2012

Pages :   239-244

ISSN Print :  0974-4169

ISSN Online :  0974-4150


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Impacts due to Tailings Ponds on Water Quality and Biological Environment: A Case Study



Address:   S.R Verma1*, P.R Chaudhari 1, R.K. Singh1 and S.R. Wate2
1EIRA Division, National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, Nehru Marg, Nagpur 440020 (India)
2Director, National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, Nehru Marg, Nagpur 440020 (India)
*Corresponding Author
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ABSTRACT:
The present work was carried out to assess the environmental aspects of tailing ponds of Bolani iron ore mines in Orissa, India. Tailings pond water was slightly alkaline with negligible nutrient contents, trace concentration of metals except Cu, Cr & Fe and low productivity of phytoplankton showing presence of organic pollution indicators. The tailings are non-toxic for biological growth and would not adversely affect the receiving water on discharge or ground water through seepage or wildlife depending on water bodies receiving tailing pond water. After the tailings pond get filled up, the tailings need to be either stabilized by developing vegetation cover over it to check erosion and pollution of downstream water bodies or recycle and reuse of tailings in steel industries are suggested in the study.
KEYWORDS:
Tailing Pond, Iron Ore Mines, Heavy Metals, Phytoplankton, Stabilization.
Cite:
S.R Verma, P.R Chaudhari, R.K. Singh, S.R. Wate. Impacts due to Tailings Ponds on Water Quality and Biological Environment: A Case Study. Asian J. Research Chem. 5(2): February 2012; Page 239-244.
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