Mining microbes could unlock wealth, clean tailings

With luck, ingenuity and some scientific know-how, Sudbury’s tailings ponds could become a new source nickel, copper and zinc.

Researchers from Laurentian University, the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia met at a symposium to discuss biomining research.

“The topic of discussion is developing technologies that aim to remediate waste and effluent waters from mining operations in Sudbury and British Columbia,” said ChemE Professor Vlad Papangelakis and the project lead of the biomining research. “We hope to recover some value from locked metals in these residues that will offset the processing costs.”

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