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Mine Water 2004
Newcastle, UK, September 20-24, 2004

Hosted by Newcastle University, in association with the International Mine Water Association (IMWA) and the International Network for Acid Prevention, Mine Water 2004 attracted over 150 delegates from 22 countries. Six sessions covered central conference themes from post-closure mine hydrology to legislation and policy for mine water management, with parallel sessions held in the historic Neville Hall, home to the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers.

Keynote lectures were given by three of the world’s leading experts in their fields. Kirk Nordstrom, of the US Geological Survey, lectured on mine water geochemistry, and William Pulles of PHD Inc. South Africa presented a paper on mine water treatment, encompassing two of the conference themes of passive and active mine water treatment. Rafael Fernandez-Rubio, one of the founding members of IMWA, presented the closing keynote speech, on mining and hydrology, a joint lecture which also formed part of the lecture series of the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers.

Mine Water 2004 also saw the launch of PADRE, the Partnership for Acidic Drainage Remediation in Europe, a newly formed permanent commission of IMWA, and part of INAP’s Global Alliance, whose purpose is to develop a truly global acid drainage network. Other partner organisations within the Global Alliance were represented at the conference, with Gilles Tremblay of Natural Resources Canada presenting his experience of the Mine Environment Neutral Drainage (MEND) and National Orphaned/Abandoned Mine Initiative (NOAMI) programmes.

Delegates were entertained with a full programme of activities, including a scenic cruise along the river Tyne. The conference dinner, held on 22nd September was attended by the Sheriff of Newcastle and his lady.

Papers from the conference are available in a two part proceedings, available on request from the University of Newcastle (ISBN 0-9543827-4-9 - Set of 2 Volumes). Copies cost £70.50 (inc VAT) and can be ordered by e-mailing imwa.2004@ncl.ac.uk.

Heather McGrath, School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Devonshire Building, University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, UK. Email: Imwa.2004@newcastle.ac.uk




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