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James Lake

Partner / Principal Environmental Scientist
SRK Johannesburg
265 Oxford Road 2196 Illovo, South Africa PO Box 55291 2116 Northlands
+27 11 441 1111
+27 11 880 8086


  • Land contamination;
  • Environmental geochemistry;
  • Industrial waste and mine residue characterisation and management;
  • Water,
  • Waste and waste water management,
  • Water quality assessment,
  • Mine closure costing,
  • Mine closure planning and environmental auditing.


James Lake has been involved in the field of environmental science for over 19 years, having worked largely in the mining sector in Africa (including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Mauritania) across a broad range of resources. He has wide experience in the geochemical assessments of mine residues and industrial waste characterisation. This has included long term impact predictions for both greenfields and brownfields sites. James is able to link his understanding of geochemistry and the processes that affect drainage from mine residue facilities in assisting mines in identifying appropriate water management strategies to limit potential impacts on water quality.

Over the last 13 years James has developed an interest in closure planning and has assisted numerous operations in South Africa and internationally with the development of closure liability assessments and mine closure plans. James couples his wide technical understanding of mining along with his geochemical background to identify pragmatic solutions for closure.

James has been involved in numerous environmental due diligences of mining projects against in-country regulatory requirements and good international industry practice based on the World Bank Equator Principles and IFC Performance Standards for investitures and divestitures. James is also regularly a team member of Pre-Feasibility and Feasibility Studies providing input to or review of the closure sections of these studies.

His expertise includes:

  • Contaminated land characterisation;
  • Environmental risk assessment;
  • Pollution source identification and control;
  • Environmental geochemistry;
  • Land remediation;
  • Industrial and mining water and effluent management;
  • Characterisation of waste, wastewater and surface water;
  • environmental auditing;
  • environmental reporting;
  • Environmental sampling


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