Pollution and reclamation of mining site soils
Convener: Jaume Bech  | Co-Conveners: Elena Korobova , Carmen Pérez-Sirvent , Benedetto De Vivo 
Oral Programme
 / Tue, 04 May, 13:30–17:00  / Room 1
Poster Programme
 / Attendance Tue, 04 May, 17:30–19:00  / Hall Z

Mining is a major source of heavy metals in the mine site surrounding soils and downstream waters. The acidic mine drainage enhance ion mobilization, which can be followed by an eventual accumulation through the food chain. This implies a serious risk for crops, livestock and human health. Therefore the accurate knowledge of the properties and dynamics of both nearby undisturbed and polluted soils is essential to make a sustainable protection and reclamation respectively.
There is an increasing need to apply innovative technologies of prevention, monitoring, risk assessment and remediation, more sustainable and economical, in the context of mining site soils. Therefore this Session will be focusing on the most recent findings and state of art methodology: strategies, sources and modalities of mining and smelting pollution, exploration, risk assessment, analytical techniques, field trials, modeling the fate of pollutants in the mine soils and contiguous native soils, cleanup measures, with preferable choice of soft and low cost procedures (i.e.: in situ immobilization, topsoil application, bioremediation, bioleaching, phytorremediation, phytostabilization and others).
We welcome theoretical and applied methodologies, experimental laboratory and field works.
We look forward to a lively oral and poster session. Also we hope to publish the outcome of this Session in a special issue of an international refereed journal, probably The Journal of Geochemical Exploration.