Mining and petroleum companies can treat, store, and eliminate harmful wastes to minimize conflicts with other activities. One report recently published by the Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society, listed the following seven options, in order of priority, for effective management of dangerous wastes.
The mining industry is involved in the extraction of precious minerals and other geological materials. The extracted materials are transformed into a mineralized form that serves an economic benefit to the prospector or miner.
Mining and mineral processing require the construction of physical and social infrastructures, such as road networks, schools, health services, and homes. At the same time, mining produces a multiplier effect in the other sectors.
Mining industries need process improvements across all facets including mineral extraction, processing, transportation, and marketing to remain cost-efficient and gain a firm foothold in the competitive market.