The reprocessing of tailings by Rand Uranium is an important step forward in rehabilitation of an environment that has been badly scarred by earlier mining activities.
However, eight measures that can be taken to improve their practice and mitigate environmental and social effects may be identified and are recommended above. Implementation of these would lead to improved rehabilitation practice and although they may appear on the surface to be cost ineffective, when future loss to society and the environment are considered, they may in fact be cost neutral or economically beneficial.
Rand Uranium should consider these recommendations carefully and implement the necessary actions to have them completed as a part of present and future Environmental Impact Assessments associated with the Cooke Uranium Project and other projects to be run by them.
~ Howard Smith, Principal Scientist
APChem Scientific Consultants for the FSE
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