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Best Practices in Passive Water Treatment for Mine Closure

$65 | EPs and EPts SAVE 25% | ALL CAREER STAGES | 70 MINS

Closure permitting generally requires mining operations to strive towards a “walk away” scenario, which is only possible with passive and semi-passive technologies.

This webinar is an introduction to the best practices for the design, implementation, operation, and troubleshooting of passive and semi-passive water treatment systems for operating and closed mine sites. This webinar will cover the topics of:

  • Planning for closure
  • Prevention
  • Using a phased approach
  • Design-driven integration of passive water treatment into site planning and water conveyance
  • Common misconceptions with passive treatment

This webinar is hosted by microbiology experts Monique Haakensen, PhD, RPBio, PBiol, EP, President and Principal Scientist and Vanessa Friesen, PhD, EPt, Principal Scientist of Contango Strategies Ltd.

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This webinar is designed for:

  • Consultants, auditors, technicians, operators, permitting officers, implementers or individuals working in the environment department of mining companies want information on passive water treatment to make informed decisions

COURSE OUTCOMES

During this 90 minute webinar, you’ll learn:

  • How to differentiate between historic and modern day mine closure planning approaches for water treatment.
  • How to discuss why mine closure plan should be outlined before opening, and with inclusion of a water treatment strategy.
  • Why a phased approach is now used for site-specific design and implementation.
  • Common myths about passive water treatment and discuss concerns

The outcomes of this course will be similar for all roles and career levels.

WHY IS THIS TOPIC IMPORTANT?

Closure permitting generally requires mining operations to strive towards a “walk away” scenario, which is only possible with passive and semi-passive technologies. An understanding of this topic may also:

Impact your organization’s bottom line:
Passive Water Treatment is more cost effective than active and conventional water treatment. Not only that, but a proper design and a phased approach to implementation helps maintain compliance through predictability and robustness.

Address your organization’s legal risks:
While technologies have advanced significantly over time, the understanding and application of these advancements has generally lagged. Use of old technologies, or lack of understanding of technologies (the old school “black box” approach) pose legal risks.

Help your organization be a leader:
Application of passive water treatment technologies provides mining operations the opportunity to differentiate themselves as leaders in technology, innovation, and sustainability. Moreover, the application of such technologies have the beneficial public perception that the water must be “easy to treat” or “non threatening”.

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      This webinar is 90 minutes in duration. Participants will be able to ask the presenter questions in the last 30 minutes of the webinar.
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FEATURED EXPERTS

Monique Haakensen

Monique Haakensen, PhD, RPBio, PBiol, EP | President & Principal Scientist | Contango Strategies Limited

Monique holds a PhD in applied microbiology, and post-doctoral research associateship in environmental microbiology and biogeochemistry. With over a decade of experience, Monique’s expertise in bioremediation and passive/semi-passive water treatment spans from conceptual design, to technical and public regulatory hearings, through to implementation and long-term closure. She has worked on passive treatment systems such as constructed wetlands for more than a dozen mines at various stages of operation including exploration, active, closed and abandoned, many of which are located in Northern Canada. A specialist in passive water treatment, constructed treatment wetlands, biogeochemistry and genetic microbial profiling (microbiome, metagenomics, metatranscriptomics), Monique oversees research programs for technology development in these areas at Contango in addition to their consulting activities. Since founding Contango in 2010, she has grown the company into a thriving environmental firm with laboratories and dedicated pilot facilities. As a result, she has been named one of Canada’s future entrepreneurial leaders by Profit Magazine (2011), and to their W100 list of Canada’s top female entrepreneurs (2015).

Outside of her business activities, Dr. Haakensen serves as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at Clemson University (South Carolina). She previously served as an Academic lead for the University of the Arctic. In 2014, Dr. Haakensen became the youngest person ever appointed to Canada’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council, providing the federal government with confidential, evidence-based advice on key issues that affect Canadian society and our economic development.

Vanessa Friesen

Vanessa (Pittet) Friesen, PhD, EPt | Principal Scientist | Contango Strategies Limited
Dr. Friesen (Pittet) is a specialist in microbial profiling, with over a decade of experience in genetic sequencing and analysis technologies for microbes such as microbiome, genomic, metagenomic, transcriptomic, and metatranscriptomic methods. She has merged this expertise with a passion for the outdoors and the environment (supported by her degrees in microbiology and biochemistry), allowing for unique insights into environmental microbial processes that drive remediation efforts. Vanessa is involved in the scientific design, data analysis, and interpretation for client projects. Passionate about operational effectiveness and quality assurance, she also oversees new technology development by Contango’s team of technologists. Prior to joining Contango, Dr. Friesen successfully lead a multi-million dollar interdisciplinary, multi-stakeholder technology development program that established novel microbial profiling services which are now being applied at Contango to assess environmental and remediation projects around the world.

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