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Symposium 2002 on Mines and the Environment
Rouyn-Noranda, Canada
3-5 November 2002

Symposium 2002 on Mines and the Environment, jointly hosted by CIM and Universite du Quebec en Abitibi-Temiscamingue (UQAT), was held at the Hotel Gouverneur in Rouyn-Noranda from November 3 to 5. Over 185 delegates from across Canada, Mexico and France benefitted from the high-quality technical presentations that were the main feature of the meeting.

The conference was kicked off with a workshop on methods of predicting Acid Mine Drainage, held at UQAT. Covering characterization of tailings in laboratories and in the field, both static and dynamic testing were discussed as a line-up of leaders in the field investigated the state of the situation today and the latest developments. Later that evening, delegates relaxed and mingled at the welcome cocktail party.

A high-quality technical program spanned Monday and Tuesday, including 31 papers throughout seven sessions. The sessions were, in chronological order: Rejets de concentrateur; Remblayage; Roches steriles; Eaux contaminees; Restauration; Toxicite/Biodisponibilite; and Reglementation.

"The most notable feature of the conference was the high quality of the presentations and the reaction of the attendants - they reported they were very impressed," said Denis Bois, professor, UQAT, and general chair of the symposium. "Throughout the sessions, delegates were very attentive and there was a lot of discussion during the break times. I feel the technical program met the goals we set out with - we covered where we are in research today and what are the best things that have been done in the field."

Overall, Bois said the symposium was a success. The two main sponsors, Canada Economic Development and Ressources naturelles Quebec, said they were pleased with the turnout and content and were ready to participate in a second edition of the event.

"So, we're thinking of holding a symposium every two years," Bois suggest "It's a fun time - it attracts the right people, and the set-up was terrific. The high calibre of the technical presentations ensured its success.

There will be a CD-ROM of papers available, and the technical program also be accessible through the CIM online technical library Please visit www.cim.org.




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