Mining Waste Directive
The Mining Waste Directive
The Directive Background
The European Parliament and the Council of the EU adopted Directive 2006/21/EC on the management of waste from the extractive industries, the Mining Waste Directive (MWD), on 15th March 2006.
This directive was prompted by accidents in Spain and Romania where cyanide rich liquid suspensions were released from mines after breaches to retaining dams. These accidents caused significant environmental damage to the river ecosystem and its animal life also threatened human health.
The full text of the Mining Waste Directive can be accessed at-Mining Waste Directive
Inventory of Closed Waste Facilities
Member states are required to ensure that an inventory of closed facilities, including abandoned waste facilities which may cause serious negative environmental impacts is drawn up and periodically reviewed.
DOENI has compiled an Inventory of closed waste facilities in Northern ireland with the assistance BGS and GSNI and can be viewed here