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Mine Closure Planning – An Important Pillar of Sustainability

Nicholas Cristi
Monday, July 1, 2019
First presented: 
Cluster Minero July 2019
Depending on the stage of the mining operation it may be helpful to remind ourselves why we plan for closure - it is inevitable, all mines extract a defined resource. However, because we are dealing with a future event, its successful outcome can be shaped through proper planning and implementation of innovative strategies already adopted internationally. By optimizing the operation for successful closure, we can materialize significant economic savings for the company and at the same time increase the prospect of future sustainability by maximizing the beneficial post closure land uses for the adjacent communities. The approach to mine closure advocated for by SEMARNAT follows the international framework from the ICMM Toolkit reinforced herein.

Feature Author

Nicholas Cristi
Nicholas is a bilingual engineer with over seven years of professional multidisciplinary experience in civil and mining engineering, working on a wide range of international projects. He is keenly familiar with the design and construction of stable, economical and legally compliant tailings facilities and leach pads, with a focus on practical operation and cost-effective closure solutions. As a registered Professional Engineer, he has extensive international experience in construction oversight as well as with the quality control and quality assurance testing of soil, concrete, and geomembrane. His field experience has included leading a diverse range of geotechnical and geochemical drilling/sampling investigations.
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