Research and analysis

Mine waters: challenges for the water environment

The history and current issues of pollution from abandoned mines, addressing the challenges and future opportunities.

Applies to England


Mine waters: challenges for the water environment

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This report describes:

  • the background of pollution from abandoned mines
  • the sources of pollution on the wider environment
  • current control mechanisms for coal and metal mines
  • future challenges including climate change

It includes case studies.

Published 22 October 2021