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Monitoring and mitigation of mine water impact in Upper Silesia region? increasing of research and development potential in Central Mining Institute

Monitoring and mitigation of mine water impact in Upper Silesia region? increasing of research and development potential in Central Mining Institute

Objective

Water is one of the most important substances for human beings. Therefore, the best possible knowledge about its pollution and mitigation measures is crucial, either to assure the safety of its consumption or to undertake countermeasures in case of exceeded levels for undesired and non-permitted pollutants.

Especially in the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) the environmental heritage of the past activities is enormous due to the past focusing of the economy of these countries on development of heavy industries like mining and smelting, while environmental issues have been left behind.

Environmental protection, remediation and reclamation in areas, which are heavy industrialised but also densely populated, has a very big importance. Very specific aspect of the contamination, caused by mining, is technologically enhanced naturally occurring radioactivity (TENORM) of waste materials.

Upper Silesia is an example of a densely populated, urban and industrial district in southern Poland. A strong impact of underground mining (mainly coal and metal ores) on the pollution of the natural environment can be clearly seen in the region.

Release of saline mine waters from mines, disposal of spoils on surface piles, diffusion of pollutants from settling ponds lead to the contamination of surface waters and groundwater in the region. Central Mining Institute (GIG) is the main institute in Poland, investigating such problems. Despite the experience, gathered by our scientists in past years, the unification with EU became a big challenge.

One of the important goals of the WATERNORM project will be to consolidate and advance our knowledge and competence in the environmental science, that are not only essential for the safe use of water resources, but very important in maintaining and management of mining activities.

The research will also contribute to the harmonised implementation of the EU regulations in the area of environmental protection.

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Coordinator

GLOWNY INSTYTUT GORNICTWA

Address

Plac Gwarkow 1
Katowice

Poland

Administrative Contact

Stanislaw CHALUPNIK (PhD)

Participants (7)

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UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

United Kingdom

COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES - DIRECTORATE GENERAL JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE

Belgium

GESELLSCHAFT FUER ANLAGEN- UND REAKTORSICHERHEIT (GRS) MBH

Germany

SATEILYTURVAKESKUS - RADIATION AND NUCLEAR SAFETY AUTHORITY

Finland

WISMUT GMBH

Germany

NATIONAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR RADIOHYGIENE AND RADIOBIOLOGY

Hungary

BRITISH GEOLOGICAL SURVEY ENVIRONMENT 1 HAZARDS DIRECTORATE OF NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL NERC

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 3163

  • Start date

    1 September 2004

  • End date

    31 August 2008

Funded under:

FP6-MOBILITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 895 020

  • EU contribution

    € 895 020

Coordinated by:

GLOWNY INSTYTUT GORNICTWA

Poland