The Legal, Engineering, Environmental and Social Perspectives of Surface Mining Law and Reclamation by Landfilling

The Legal, Engineering, Environmental and Social Perspectives of Surface Mining Law and Reclamation by Landfilling

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Since mining is a basic and essential industry supplying raw materials for medicines; building materials for homes, schools, hospitals, commerce, roads; fuels for heating and energy; metals for transportation (cars, aircraft and ships), machinery, communications infrastructure and other conveniences, it cannot be done away with as some extremist environmentalists would like. What would modern life be without minerals? Miners are the harvesters of the earth's fruits. To reap those fruits, the earth must be plowed up. After harvesting, the plowed fields can be reclaimed and restored to pristine, natural beauty with only temporary disturbance to the earth. Reclamation of surface mines can profitably utilise the void space for burial of society's solid wastes while restoring the mined land surfaces to their original beauty or utility. Industry and environmentalists should rejoice. Contents:An Historical Review a€” Early Man to Recent Regulations:A Brief History of Mineral Lands and RegulationA Brief History of Environmental Damage and Litigated Pollution Claims from Non-Fuel Surface Mining with Emphasis on Water ResourcesA Brief History of the Disposal of Wastes by Earth BurialA Review of the Environmental ERA Regulatory Actions for Surface Mining with Litigated InterpretationsA Review of the Environmental ERA Regulatory Actions for Landfilling with Litigated InterpretationsLegislative Environmental Responses a€” A Review of Subsequent Legislation to Update the Initial RegulationsTransition from Present to Future:Today's Environmental Regulatory Strengths and Weaknesses for Tomorrow's NeedsTrends and Future Needs:Present and Future Mineral and Waste TrendsCurrent and Future Trends for Waste Disposal: The Urgency for Landfill SpaceLandfill Technology and Open-Pit FeasibilityFuture Legislative ProblemsClosing Arguments for Solution and Thesis Solution:New Directions for Environmental Law Policy in Regard to Surface Mined Land Reclamation and Solid Waste DisposalAppendices:A Proposed Best Practice Model Law for Land Conservation and Reclamation of Surface Mined Land by Solid Waste In-FillingAn Overview of the US General Mining Law, 1872 Readership: Surface mining a landfill industry professionals; environmental geological, mining a civil engineers; mineral a environmental law practitioners; environmentalists and conservationists.Getting Maximum Yield from Surface Mines Robert Lee Aston. reduction for disposal of societya#39;s waste. A major problem for worldwide recycling advocates is that the daily volume of MSW is generating faster than the rate of recycling. Thus anbsp;...


Title:The Legal, Engineering, Environmental and Social Perspectives of Surface Mining Law and Reclamation by Landfilling
Author: Robert Lee Aston
Publisher:World Scientific - 1999-07-05
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