Title: Mining environmental laws and regulations: Mexican experience

Authors: Alberto Jaime-Paredes

Addresses: Instituto de Ingeniería, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México City, México

Abstract: A discussion is made on how to include the environmental variable in the early stages of planning and design of mine waste storage facilities. The environmental impact assessment must be integrated into the planning process to decide the best alternatives for mining exploitation. In other words, in the planning of the work or activity, the environmental variable should be included with the same importance as the economic and technical variables. It must also be included in the analysis, design and construction of the project and in its decommissioning. In the design of an engineering work, the environmental service limit states are dictated by the rules in the matter. This is precisely the reason for studying environmental regulations, to know for what and with what limits to design a mining storage facility. It covers Mexican environmental regulations, environmental assessment, the effects of mine waste storage facilities on the environment and some principles of geoenvironmental engineering.

Keywords: environmental geotechnical engineering; mine waste; contamination; recycling; environmental impact; environmental legislation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEWM.2021.118857

International Journal of Environment and Waste Management, 2021 Vol.28 No.4, pp.456 - 472

Received: 25 Dec 2018
Accepted: 29 Aug 2019

Published online: 03 Nov 2021 *

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