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PAIA Requests for Environmental Records

Request to DWS for documents relating to acid mine drainage treatment plants in the central, eastern and western basins

29 November 2016

Requestee:
Department of Water and Sanitation
Reference Number:
CER-2016-DWS-0003 (AMD treatment plants)
Status:
Records received
  1. The water quality monitoring results of the neutralised acid mine drainage (AMD) which is released into the Klip River from the Central Basin AMD Treatment Plant, the Blesbokspruit from the Eastern Basin AMD Treatment Plant, and the Tweelopiespruit from the West Rand AMD Treatment Plant.
    • The water quality monitoring results should include results for the following determinants:
      • pH, Electrical Conductivity, Total Dissolved Solids, Lead, Arsenic, Sulphate, Uranium, Manganese, Aluminium, Nickel, and Cobalt.
    • Results in relation to each plant are requested for the following periods:
      • Central Basin AMD Treatment Plant – January 2015 to October 2016
      • Eastern Basin AMD Treatment Plant – May 2016 to October 2016
      • West Rand AMD Treatment Plant – September 2013 to December 2015
  1. Any records indicating that an environmental authorisation (EA) has been granted for the disposal of metal sludge from the Eastern Basin AMD Treatment Plant into the Grootvlei Mine Shaft
  2. Copies of any reports produced following an assessment of the impacts of the metal sludge disposal from the Eastern Basin AMD Treatment Plant into the Grootvlei Mine Shaft on groundwater and downstream water users
  3. Copies of any reports produced following an assessment of the impacts of the deposition of the metal sludge and tailings into the West Wits Pit on groundwater and downstream water users

For further information please email [email protected].