Management of environmental risk during and after mine closure


Duration of the project:
15.12.2015 - 15.12.2019

Contact person:
Zakład Tąpań i Mechaniki Górotworu
dr inż. Alicja Krzemień

MERIDA project aims to manage the environmental risks associated with underground coal mines during closure and post-closure periods, according to the general principle that the mines must take responsibility and minimise all risks that can be foreseen.

The project will deliver “Best practice guidelines”, addressing both practitioners and policy makers, providing specific guidance on the issues that need to be considered in order to assess systematically the major environmental risks, both qualitatively and quantitatively, at any underground coal mining site.

Currently there is a lack of a detailed operational methodology that comprises the management of these risks. There is no specific guidance on the appropriate approaches, tools and techniques with due consideration to economic issues, and the way they should be used.

MERIDA will identify the short and long-term consequences of underground coal mine closures on the environment, and will define the appropriate and financially feasible mitigation measures that guarantee acceptable risk levels according to the environmental conditions and surface occupation.

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