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The impacts of the operation of a hydropower plant in southeast Sweden on the transport of metals downstream
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Water and Environmental Studies.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-12634OAI: diva2:16743
Available from: 2007-10-30 Created: 2007-10-30 Last updated: 2010-01-13
In thesis
1. Mobilization of metals from mining wastes and the resuspension of contaminated sediments
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mobilization of metals from mining wastes and the resuspension of contaminated sediments
2008 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In some environmental situations, environmental effects caused by elevated metals resulting from past mining and smelting activities can be observed in nearby receiving water bodies several decades after mine and smelter closure. There is a growing need for managing the hazardous solid wastes such as mining wastes as well as for assessing water quality and for sustainable management of sediment quality. The work presented in this thesis examined the mobilization of metals from two metal sources: mining wastes from a mine site in Vietnam and sediments from a contaminated lake in Sweden in order to test the hypothesis that mobilization of metals will be increased, when the environmental conditions change by e.g. exposure of mining wastes to oxidative weathering, change of redox conditions at the water-sediment interface and resuspension of sediments. The results from this work under field and laboratory conditions have verified the hypothesis. The exposure of sulphidic mining wastes in oxidative weathering conditions may cause long-term production of ARD and the resultant long-term mobility of metals. The oxidation/resuspension of sediments is an important factor for the release of trace metals Zn, Cu and Cd into the solution and substantial amounts of particles and, hence, associated metals into overlying water. The concomitant changes in pH during oxidation/resuspension of sediment play a significant role in the metal release both to redox sensitive elements Fe and Mn and trace elements Zn, Cu and Cd. The concomitant change in DOC during oxidation/resuspension can also contribute to the increased mobility of study metals. The field study was coupled to intermittent operation of a hydropower plant. The mobility of the metals was higher under operation compared to non-operation and, thus, the potential impacts on dispersal of metal pollution to downstream aquatic environments. The sudden increase in water flow upon the hydropower plant upon shifts from inactive to active state could cause immediate release of particles and thus particulate metals in the overlying water. However, the magnitude and its integrated effects in fluxes of metals over the season call for further research. There is a need to further investigate the impacts of hydropower generation in a longer period of time and at a higher frequency of observations at the very start of the hydropower operation. The results from this multidisciplinary approach would give a basis for an optimal operation of the hydropower plant to minimize the metal pollution associated with the water flow.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2008. 52 + papers 1-4 p.
Linköping Studies in Arts and Science, ISSN 0282-9800 ; 430
Acid Rock Drainage, hydropower plant, metal contamination, mining wastes, storm-wind, resuspension, sediment
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Environmental Sciences
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-10008 (URN)978-91-7393-926-3 (ISBN)
Public defence
2008-03-26, VAL, Vallfartne, Campus Valla, Linköping University, Linköping, 10:15 (English)

The series number is changed from 410 to 430 and the ISBN is changed from 978-91-85895-56-4 to 978-91-7393-926-3.

Available from: 2007-10-30 Created: 2007-10-30 Last updated: 2014-09-25Bibliographically approved

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