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Krasavtseva, E., Gogoi, H., Svetlov, A. et al. Removal of Sulfate and Metals from Wastewater of a Mining Enterprise by a Dual Sorbent System: A Case Study. Mine Water Environ 42, 200–208 (2023).

Removal of sulfate and metals from wastewater of a mining enterprise by a dual sorbent system : a case study

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Author: Krasavtseva, Eugenia1,2; Gogoi, Harshita3; Svetlov, Anton2;
Organizations: 1Laboratory of Nature-Inspired Technologies and Environmental Safety of the Arctic, Kola Science Centre, Institute of North Industrial Ecology Problems, Russian Academy of Sciences, Apatity, Murmansk Region, Russia
2Victorovich Institute of North Industrial Ecology Problems, Kola Science Centre, Russian Academy of Sciences, Apatity, Murmansk Region, Russia
3Chemical Process Engineering, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 4300, 90014, Oulu, Finland
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2023
Publish Date: 2023-03-28


This paper presents the results of wastewater treatment at a mining enterprise developing a complex ore deposit in the Murmansk region, Russia. The main pollutants are sulfate, manganese, and strontium. For this complex wastewater treatment, a two-stage scheme was proposed and tested using two sorbents (at a pH of 6): an aminated peat biosorbent to remove sulfate and a commercial sorbent based on the mineral brucite to remove metals. Optimal conditions were established for purifying the wastewater of sulfate and manganese and strontium ions to the level of maximum available concentrations in water bodies for fishery purposes.

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Este artículo presenta los resultados del tratamiento de las aguas residuales de una empresa minera que explota un yacimiento complejo en la región de Murmansk (Rusia). Los principales contaminantes son sulfato, manganeso y estroncio. Para el tratamiento de estas aguas residuales complejas, se propuso y probó un esquema en dos etapas utilizando dos sorbentes (a un pH de 6): un biosorbente de turba aminada para eliminar el sulfato y un sorbente comercial con base de mineral brucita para eliminar los metales. Se establecieron las condiciones óptimas para depurar las aguas residuales de sulfato y de iones de manganeso y estroncio hasta el nivel de concentraciones máximas disponibles en las masas de agua con fines pesqueros.

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Series: Mine water and the environment
ISSN: 1025-9112
ISSN-E: 1616-1068
ISSN-L: 1025-9112
Volume: 42
Issue: 1
Pages: 200 - 208
DOI: 10.1007/s10230-023-00923-9
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 218 Environmental engineering
215 Chemical engineering
Funding: The study was part of the Supporting Environmental, Economic and Social Impacts of Mining Activity (KO1030 SEESIMA) research project and received financial support from the Kolarctic CBC (cross-border collaboration), the European Union, Russia, Norway, Finland, and Sweden. Its contents are the sole responsibility of the authors at INEP KSC RAS and the University of Oulu, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union or the participating countries. Open Access funding provided by University of Oulu including Oulu University Hospital.
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