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Here are a few articles to read on mine dust and dust monitoring.  I trust you will find them interesting.

Technical Expertise and Product Solutions for Today’s Mining Challenges

The mining industry faces considerable challenges in today’s world. The difference between a productive operation and an inefficient one, often boils down to the right combination of people and products. Workers employ advances in chemistry to help reach higher product performance levels.

Quaker Chemical Corporation (NYSE: KWR, “Quaker”), a global provider of process fluids and chemical specialties including QUINTOLUBRIC® fire-resistant hydraulic fluids, and DUSTGRIP® dust suppressants will have experts on-site to present informative, technical solutions at MINExpo 2016.

MINExpo is the premier opportunity to reach Mining’s core market, and to view the latest state-of-the-art equipment and services to increase productivity and reduce cost.  The show runs from September 26th to 28th in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Quaker will exhibit in the South Hall – Booth 25313, and will feature a dust suppression simulator and in-booth presentation:

  • Guidelines for Selecting the Right Dust Suppressant on Tuesday, September 27th at 11 AMJon Brown, Business Development Manager – Mining, will discuss various approaches to dust control, products that can be used where dust originates or accumulates, and important factors to consider when selecting a dust suppressant .

The need for improved dust control in mining operations is evident from the Mine, Safety, and Health Administration’s (MSHA’s) new respirable coal dust regulations, which requires lowering the level of respirable dust from 2.0 mg/m3 to 1.5 mg/m3, and mandates a significant increase in sampling frequency.  These new regulations went into full compliance on August 1, 2016.

In alignment with MSHA’s new regulations, Quaker Chemical offers DUSTGRIP®, a family of dust suppressant products, that now includes a solid product, DUSTGRIP® JFP-95 , these products:

  • Reduce the generation of airborne particulate matter from mines, roads, stockpiles, rail hauls, construction sites, quarries and other areas where air-born dust is a problem
  • Increase site safety for workers
  • Are more effective than using water alone, reducing costs and saving time

Stop by Quaker’s Booth 25313 to learn about our dust suppression capabilities and to race a full size NASCAR simulator.

For more information on the Quaker booth activities please visit: https://www.quakerchem.com/minexpo.

For more information on Quaker Chemical and its full mining product line offerings, please visit quakerchem.com/mining.

About Quaker Chemical Corporation
Quaker Chemical Corporation is a leading global provider of process fluids, chemical specialties and technical expertise to a wide range of industries, including steel, aluminum, automotive, mining, aerospace, tube and pipe and cans. For nearly 100 years, Quaker has helped customers around the world achieve production efficiency, improve product quality, and lower costs through a combination of innovative technology, process knowledge and customized services. Headquartered in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, USA, Quaker serves businesses worldwide with a network of dedicated and experienced professionals whose mission is to make a difference. Visit quakerchem.com to learn more.

SOURCE Quaker Chemical Corporation

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Suit aims at cleanup plan at former Riverside sewer plant

 A worker hoses down contaminated soil as it is being removed to keep dust down on Wednesday, Sept. 14.

Work is underway to remove contaminated soil from a former sewer plant site in Riverside, but an environmental group’s lawsuit could halt the cleanup.

The state Department of Toxic Substances Control is overseeing work at the roughly 60-acre property between Crest and Rutland avenues that’s known as the ag park.

A sewage spill in 2003 led to the discovery of cancer-causing polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, in the soil.

After an earlier two-part cleanup, toxic substances officials in 2014 declared the site was suitable for homes. But neighbors and the Jurupa Valley-based Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice pressed for new testing, which last year showed contamination in some spots exceeded the state’s cleanup target.

Final cleanup under a new plan, which was reviewed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as well as regional air and water regulators, started in August and was in full swing Wednesday, Sept. 14.

While an excavator dug dirt and a worker with a hose sprayed the pile on one part of the land, semi trucks with bins lined up to be loaded with soil from a stockpile and water sprayers drove back and forth to control dust.

Up to 70,000 tons of dirt will be removed, followed by more testing. The process should take five to six months, after which property owner Henry C. “Chuck” Cox hopes to move ahead with building 113 homes, project manager Bob Beers said.

Progress could be slowed or stopped by a suit the environmental justice center filed last month.

It alleges Riverside improperly lifted a stop work order the city placed on the property last year, and that the final cleanup plan should have received a more stringent environmental review.

Riverside Deputy City Attorney Kristi Smith could not be reached for comment Wednesday. City Manager John Russo declined to comment on the suit, but said he didn’t lift the stop work order. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the order would apply to cleanup activities.

Penny Newman, the center’s executive director, said the suit’s goal is not to stop the cleanup.

“What we’re trying to do is get (the state) to do the work properly, and we’re very concerned given the past history of what has happened at that site that local residents are going to be contaminated and exposed to chemicals as they are conducting the work,” she said.

Some residents have said they believe contaminated dirt from the property has gotten into their homes and has caused health problems such as rashes, tumors and cancer. None have made their medical records public, but they continue to press for a health study and testing and cleanup of their homes.

The site cleanup plan required dust monitoring equipment that can be moved downwind of wherever work is taking place, and someone from the toxics department is on the site during the work, said Greg Neal, engineering geologist for the department.

Since work began, a phone line for reporting dust problems has received two calls, and no PCBs were detected in the eight available days of air samples, he said.

Newman said she objects to the cleanup plan for several reasons. It focuses on PCBs but ignores other harmful chemicals, and the soil removal and testing don’t go deep enough, she said. Also, she added, air monitoring equipment doesn’t measure very fine particles, which can be breathed deep into the lungs.

The lawsuit asks that work be halted and the city be forced to do further environmental review of the cleanup plan. A hearing is set for Oct. 5 in Riverside County Superior Court.

Article from www.pe.com


Centre for Environmental Rights highlights mining’s socio-economic challenges

The Centre for Environmental Rights has made submissions to the SA Human Rights Commission national hearings on socio-economic challenges in mining-affected communities.

This is in preparation for the National Investigative Hearing on the Socio-Economic Challenges in Mining-Affected Communities in SA.

It starts on 13 September 2016 in Johannesburg.

The head of  the Centre for Environmental Rights’ Mining Programme, Catherine Horsfield, says: “Many of the statements in our submission are drawn from our May 2016 report Zero Hour.

Although the study looks at governance issues around mining in Mpumalanga, most of the problems identified are also relevant to KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Northwest, Northern Cape and Gauteng.

Much of the Zero Hour evidence in support of its allegation that the State – and more particularly the DMR and DWS – are facilitating environmental rights violations in Mpumalanga through the poor regulation of mining – is applicable to other provinces too, as the DMR and the DWS are national departments.

“Caution about mining expansion, particularly of coal mining, in the face of its devastating impacts on human health and the environment, particularly of strategic water source areas, is frequently dismissed in the name of economic development and employment,” says Horsfield.

However, as at the first quarter of the 2014/2015 financial year, mining contributed only 4.8% to Mpumalanga’s employment and a great deal less in other provinces.

Key recommendations in Centre for Environmental Rights’ submission

  1. Removing responsibility for the environmental regulation of mines from the DMR, and allowing mining be governed by environmental authorities – as is the case for all other industries.2.
  2. Giving legal protection to areas in which mining would be too harmful, with priority to strategic water source areas.
  3. Committing to licensing decisions that are informed by science, responsive to the views and concerns of environment authorities and affected communities and take into account the compliance history of mining companies.
  4. Enforcing the law through adequate investment in compliance monitoring and enforcement capacity, instituting a comprehensive compliance monitoring and enforcement programme, implementing a proper administrative penalty system and ensuring transparent reporting of results.
  5. Elevating the legal status of communities affected by mining, which includes a call for the reform of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act to require free prior and informed consent (FPIC) by affected communities to be a prerequisite for mining.
  6. Ensuring that communities and other interested and affected parties are given opportunities to participate in in water use licence application processes for mining.
  7. Improving the EIA Regulations to provide for longer and more flexible timeframes for conducting EIA studies and public participation, including a climate change risk assessment, providing guidance for designing and implementing remediation measures, such as biodiversity offsets and the publication of a guideline setting out principles relating to the independence of EAPs and objectivity in EIA reports.
  8. Adopting a new, transparent approach to disclosure of information around mining;
  9. Improving air quality regulatory regime for the mining industry, i.e. stricter regulation of dust from mining operations.
  10. Ensuring participation of communities in close proximity to mining operations in applications for water use licences for mining.

“We want to see decisive action to facilitate SA’s transition to a cleaner economy – one in which people and the environment are prioritised in the interests of SA’s future prosperity. We welcome the Human Rights Commission’s prioritisation of these issues,” she says.

In addition, the Centre for Environmental Rights has, since 2010, helped various communities in South Africa to defend their Constitutional right to a healthy environment, with particular emphasis on pollution and mining.

Its submission follows its extensive study, Zero Hour:  Poor Governance of Mining and the Violation of Environmental Rights in Mpumalanga published in May this year.

In addition to representatives from communities in KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and Mpumalanga, organisations that will be doing oral submissions include:

  • Mining-Affected Communities United in Action (MACUA);
  • Mining and Environmental Justice Community Network of South Africa (MEJCON-SA);
  • The Legal Resources Centre;
  • The Bench Marks Foundation; and
  • The Centre for Applied Legal Studies.

Government departments that will present to the hearing include the Departments of Mineral Resources, Environmental Affairs, Water & Sanitation, Performance Management and Evaluation and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

The SA Human Rights Commission requested the Centre for Environmental Rights to make submissions on a number of key issues, including in particular the efficacy of the environmental compliance monitoring and enforcement system for mining, and measures to address these challenges.

Other questions the Commission asked Centre for Environmental Rights to address

  • Environmental Impact Assessments, the design and implementation of Environmental Management Plans, and the extent to which EIAs and EMPs are incorporated into Social and Labour Plans and local government Integrated Development Plans;
  • the impact of mining on water resources and water quality, and SA’s threatened ecosystems;
  • the extent to which communities are consulted and/or have access to information on environmental management and impacts; and
  • Measures to ensure that mining activities are conducted in an environmentally sustainable manner.

Horsfield emphasises that environmental justice is closely interwoven with socio-economic challenges mining imposes on communities.

“Mining not only directly impacts on people’s health and wellbeing through toxic dust, noise from blasting and haul trucks, and water shortages and pollution, but those very impacts also impair affected communities’ access to economic development by making them less healthy, by impeding on their cultural heritage, and by limiting livelihood opportunities,” Horsfield says.

Sourced from Miningreview.com

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