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Possibilities for Acid Mine Drainage Co-treatment with Other Waste Streams: A Review

Möglichkeiten zur gemeinsamen Behandlung saurer Grubenwässer mit anderen Abfallströmen: Ein Ausblick

Posibilidades para el co-tratamiento del drenaje ácido de minas con otros desechos líquidos: un review

酸性矿井废水与其它废物协同处理的前景: 综述

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The co-treatment of AMD with other common liquid wastes is a promising synergistic approach, fusing characteristics of active and passive AMD treatment for a sustainable remediation strategy. This paper discusses existing literature on AMD co-treatment approaches, focusing on factors that influence the feasibility of co-treatment, such as mixing proportions, microbiological elements, reactor design, and mixed-water chemistry. Finally, this paper highlights future possibilities, drawing attention to prospects that require exploration.


Die gemeinsame Behandlung saurer Grubenwässer mit anderen gängigen Flüssigabfällen ist als nachhaltige Sanierungsstrategie ein vielversprechender synergetischer Ansatz zur passiven und aktiven Behandlung saurer Grubenwässer. Diese Arbeit erörtert vorhandene Literatur mit Mitbehandlungsansätzen für saure Grubenwässer mit dem Schwerpunkt auf Faktoren wie Mischungsverhältnisse, mikrobiologische Elemente, Reaktorkonstruktion und Mischwasserchemie, die die Durchführbarkeit der gemeinsamen Behandlung beeinflussen. Abschließend zeigt die Arbeit zukünftige Möglichkeiten unter Hinweis auf Chancen und Risiken die weiteren Untersuchungen erfordern auf.


El tratamiento conjunto de la AMD con otros desechos líquidos comunes es un enfoque sinérgico prometedor, que fusiona las características del tratamiento de AMD activo y pasivo para una estrategia de remediación sostenible. Este artículo analiza la literatura existente sobre los enfoques de tratamiento conjunto de AMD, enfocándose en factores que influyen en la viabilidad del tratamiento conjunto, como las proporciones de mezcla, los elementos microbiológicos, el diseño del reactor y la química de agua mixta. Finalmente, este documento destaca las posibilidades futuras, llamando la atención sobre las perspectivas que requieren exploración.



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  • Neutralisation capacity
  • Remediation