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Hardrock Mining: Pollution
Pollution Prevention Opportunity Assessment
Pollution prevention is best implemented through a pollution prevention opportunity assessment. The assessment is a relatively simple process involving a comprehensive review of all waste management practices to identify potential pollution prevention opportunities.
1. Identify available resources, case studies, technical papers, and technical
2. Conduct a waste assessment.
3. Identify pollution prevention options.
4. Assess the feasibility of options
5. Select pollution prevention options.
6. Prepare a pollution prevention implementation plan.
7. Periodically analyze the results and modify the program as necessary.
Preventing spills and releases are the most cost effective and easiest pollution prevention measures to implement. Spill and release prevention can be accomplished through a program of inspection and response. Inspection involves identifying conditions that either indicate that a release has occurred or could cause or exacerbate releases. Response includes correcting these conditions before a spill or release occurs. In addition, the following actions can all reduce the likelihood of a spill or a release: