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A water quality management system framework for the East Rand Gold and uranium company

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dc.contributor.author Oosthuizen EM en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T07:16:46Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T07:16:46Z
dc.date.submitted 1997 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/10350
dc.description.abstract The destructive nature of mining processes world-wide has lead to severe negative environmental impacts. South African gold mines are no exception, with the impact being most notable on the water environment. This situation continues in spite of increasing legislative requirements and regulatory intervention, and is ascribed to the lack of proper environmental and water quality management at such mines. It is now a legal requirement for mining companies to have an approved environmental management programme report (EMPR) before mining authorisation is granted. However, the EMPR process is inadequate to ensure satisfactory and sustainable water quality performance and compliance with other legal requirements, as it only describes commitments and principles of intent and does not provide for management mechanisms to address impacts and activities. Consideration of specific water quality parameters and indicators of disturbance within receiving water sources, shows that inadequate water pollution control at gold mining operations may cause severe water quality impacts. The implementation of a full-scale water quality management plan with programs are necessary to manage these impacts and to prevent its manifestation on the receiving water bodies. The status of water quality management at the East Rand Gold and Uranium Company Ltd. to ensure compliance with legal requirements, as well as the potential for water pollution emanating from their activities, was assessed. These impacts and the relevant indicators of disturbance provide justification for strict legal requirements regarding water pollution control and the need for suitable water quality management systems at gold mines. The International Standards Organisation has recently drafted standards, i.e. specifications (ISO 14001) and guidelines (ISO 14004), for the development of environmental management systems. These standards are aimed at assisting institutions to develop management systems through which they can ensure adequate environmental impact management. A water quality management system framework based on the ISO 14001/4 specifications and guidelines is proposed for this company. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Environmental sciences and Ecology en
dc.subject Nature conservation en
dc.title A water quality management system framework for the East Rand Gold and uranium company en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MSc en

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