Cat
November 2019
Volume 71    Issue 11

Tailings storage facilities (TSFs) dust control using biocompatible polymers

Park, Junhyeok; Kim, Kwangmin; Lee, Taehee; Kim, Minkyu

ABSTRACT:

Mine tailings storage facilities (TSFs) can be a significant source of fine, respirable dust. About 25 percent of the mass fraction of tailings from a hard-rock mine consists of particles of a respirable size (smaller than 10 μm) [1]. This dust poses concerns, especially for nearby communities, because of its detrimental impact on respiratory health. Respirable tailings dust, primarily composed of quartz or free silica (SiO2), may cause silicosis, chronic pulmonary disease, bronchitis, collagen vascular diseases, and chronic granulomatous infections [2]. 

Full-text paper:
Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (2019) 36:785–795, https://doi.org/10.1007/s42461-019-0078-2

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