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COM 2012 - 51st Annual Conference of Metallurgists, held with Pressure Hydrometallugy 2012
Water, Air And Land: Sustainability Issues In Mineral And Metal Extraction (WALSIM II)

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Overview: Mining, mineral and metallurgical industries have seen tremendous growth all over the globe. Extraction of metals applying various technologies, including physical separation, hydrometallurgy, pyrometallurgy, electrometallurgy and new ones from a wide range of complex raw materials generates a variety of tailings, effluents, generally classified as - wastes - and by products. Use of byproducts and processing of wastes are rapidly gaining importance both on environmental concerns as well as for economic benefits. The Symposium will bring together colleagues from industry, academia and government to share experience, build collaboration and will feature the latest technological, scientific advances and policy development on existing and emerging sustainability issues relating to water, air and land in mineral and metal extraction.

Topics: The Symposium will focus on five theme areas related to mining, mineral, metallurgical and petroleum industries.


  • Water management - treatment, recycle and usage minimization
  • Tailings management - treatment, reprocessing, dewatering and immobilization
  • Salt removal and resource recovery from waste waters


  • Abatement of greenhouse gases
  • SOx and NOx emission control technologies
  • VOC and PM management


  • Slag processing and applications
  • Recycling of composite engineering materials
  • Management of residues, sludges, dust and other wastes
  • Mining site remediation


  • Recycling of base metals
  • Recovery of rare and precious metals from electronic wastes
  • Heavy metal control in base metal processing

Bio and alternative technologies

  • Bio and agricultural wastes utilization in metallurgical processes
  • Biological processes for metallurgical waste streams
  • Life cycle assessment of metallurgical processes and products

Organizing Committee

Sponsored by the Environment Section of MetSoc.


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