Geochemistry Water Data for the Historic Mine Sites Project - Inventory and Risk Classification, Volume 1

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The Historic Mine Sites - Inventory and Risk Classification (HMS-IRC) Project is a joint project of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR). The objectives of this work were: * to identify any significant risks to the environment, including human and animal health risks, at these historic mine sites so that these risks ultimatley can be managed and the sites made safe. * to plan for the forthcoming EU Directive 2006/21/EC on the Management of Wastes from the Extractive Industries. This Directive will, among other things, require EU Member States to prepare an inventory of closed waste facilities within their jurisdictions by 1st May 2012. The HMS-IRC project assists Ireland to comply with Article 20 of the European Directive. The inventory does not include closed stone, sand and gravel quarries, which also require management under the Directive. Volume I of the HMS-IRC project addresses the Geochemical Characteristics and Environmental Matters of Ireland's historic mines. A total of 32 mine sites and districts were investigated. Of these 27 mine sites/districts (encompassing 82 individual sites) were scored relative to each other. It is important to note that this is not a risk assessment, but rather the sites have been ranked on a risk basis so as to determine a relative ranking for possible future actions. The project has resulted in the most comprehensive inventory of historic mines in Ireland that includes a detailed geochemical analysis. It gathers together all the existing information on historic mine sites in Ireland along with significant new information derived from site investigations that will point the way towards future rehabilitaion work on mines in Ireland. A range of heavy metals, both Total and Dissolved were analysed along with general water features such as Temperature, Dissolved Oxygen, pH, Electric Conductivity, alkalinity and acidity. The geographic location was taken at each sampling site. All metals were analysed using ICP_MS by Alcontrol Laboratories.

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Ms. Fionnuala Ni Mhairtin
Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Research Scientist
Office of Environmental Assessment, Headquarters, Johnstown Castle, Environmental Protection Agency, Headquarters, Johnstown Castle Wexford, Ireland
Telephone: +353 (0)53 9160600
e-mail: f.nimhairtin@epa.ie

Mr. Gerry Stanley
Geological Survey of Ireland
Head of Minerals Section
Geological Survey of Ireland, Beggars Bush, Haddington Road, Dublin 4, Ireland
Telephone: +353-1-678 2000
e-mail: gerry.stanley@gsi.ie

Dr. Vincent Gallagher
Consultancy
Geologist, Geochemist
Kill Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, -, Ireland
Telephone: 01 2844048
e-mail: vggallagher@gmail.com

Dr. Jane Brogan
Environmental Protection Agency
Scientific Officer (I)
EPA Headquarters, Johnstown Castle, Wexford, Co. Wexford, Ireland
Telephone: 053 9160600
e-mail: j.brogan@epa.ie

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Att 1    HMS-IRC_Water_analyses_Winter_and_Summer_all_20Mar09.xls   (0.54 Mb)
Att 2    HistoricalMinesComplete_Report.pdf   (12.16 Mb)
Att 3    Historical_Mines_CHAPTER_5_-SiteDescriptions_part1.pdf   (2.21 Mb)
Att 4    Historical_Mines-_CHAPTER_5__SiteDescriptions_part2.pdf   (2.27 Mb)

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Author(s)Mhairtin, N.F. Stanley, G. Gallagher, V. Brogan, J.
Title Of WebsiteSecure Archive For Environmental Research Data
Publication InformationGeochemistry Water Data for the Historic Mine Sites Project - Inventory and Risk Classification, Volume 1
Name of OrganisationEnvironmental Protection Agency Ireland
Electronic Address or URL http://erc.epa.ie/safer/resource?id=1ce4c212-9369-102d-ba42-8e912b2741d0
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Date of AccessLast Updated on SAFER: 2017-11-20

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SAFER-Data Display URL http://erc.epa.ie/safer/iso19115/display?isoID=168
Resource KeywordsHistoric Mine Sites, Geochemical Results, Water Analyses,
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project CodeHistorical Mines
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project ThemeLand-use, Soils, and Transport
Resource Availability: Any User Can Download Files From This Resource
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Limitations on the use of this ResourceResults should be read inconjunction with the detailed site reports for each mine site, Appendix 5 and also with Appendix 4, the detailed description of the XRF analyser. Any further reproduction of this data in any format should include a reference citation to this project. Citations are available below. NOTE: two sample batches analysed by Alcontrol returned suspect data for Total Metals. Data is considered suspect on basis of lab blank analyses and other factors. These batches are infilled in blue (rows 292-298) and yellow (rows 397-439). In the case of the blue data (Gortdrum) only vanadium_total is suspect. In the case of yellow data Pb and other metals are suspect. Total metal analysis by ICP-MS is not certified by Alcontrol because of risk of cross-contamination, which appearst to have occurred in the case of the yellow batch. This data should be used with care. Any further reproduction of this data in any format should include a reference to this project.
Number of Attached Files (Publicly and Openly Available for Download): 4
Project Start Date Sunday 1st January 2006 (01-01-2006)
Earliest Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Sunday 12th November 2006 (12-11-2006)
Most Recent Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Wednesday 28th May 2008 (28-05-2008)
Published on SAFERWednesday 7th April 2010 (07-04-2010)
Date of Last EditWednesday 7th April 2010 at 08:57:33 (07-04-2010)
Datasets or Files Updated On Wednesday 7th April 2010 at 08:57:33 (07-04-2010)

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Geochemical water samples were taken in and around historic mine sites in Ireland. Sampling sites included rivers upstream and downstream of a mine site as well as water taken from mine adits, discharges and seepages. These water samples were subsequently analysed to see if there was any potential impact to human health, animal health and the surrounding environment. Of the 32 mine sites/districts water samples were taken at 27 sites where appropriate. Water sampling was carried out in both winter and summer periods. NOTE: The documents on site descriptions and associated appendices should be read in conjunction with studying site location. Geochemical stream sediment samples were taken in and around the historic mine sites in Ireland. The sampling sites included rivers upstream and downstream of a mine site as well as from other stream locations. These samples were subsequently analysed to see if there was any potential impact to human health, animal health and the surrounding environment. Of the 32 mine sites/districts 27 sites were classed and scored.

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The Extractive Waste Directive 2006/21/EC, under Article 20 requires an inventory of closed and abandonded waste facilities. This project looks specifically at Historic Mine Sites.
Supplementary Information
A range of heavy metals, both Total and Dissolved were analysed along with general water features such as Temperature, Dissolved Oxygen, pH, Electric Conductivity, alkalinity and acidity. The geographic location was taken at each sampling site. All metals were analysed using ICP_MS by Alcontrol Laboratories.

Also included as responsible parties are:

Dr. Micheal Lehane, Programme Manager Office of Environmental Assessment, EPA, Johnstown Castle Est, Wexford, Tel: 053 9160600; e-mail: M.Lehane@epa.ie;
and
Dr. Eibhlin Doyle, Principal Geologist, Exploration and Mining Division, Beggars Bush, Haddington Rd, Dublin 4. Tel: 01 6782814; e-mail eibhlin.doyle@dcenr.gov.ie
Links To Other Related Resources
  http://maps.epa.ie/EnvisionMinesViewer/MapViewer.aspx (Opens in a new window)
  http://www.epa.ie/downloads/pubs/land/mines/#d.en.27147 (Opens in a new window)
  http://ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/mining/index.htm (Opens in a new window)

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