Mine Water Treatment Developed in Newcastle Used Globally

Scientists in Newcastle have used their expertise to address a problem left behind following the decline of mining, and now lead the world in advising other countries on similar issues.

As the birthplace of ‘carboniferous capitalism’, Newcastle is now at the heart of addressing one of its legacies – polluted mine water which can pose severe threats to the local ecology. Unlike most other forms of industrial pollution which ceases when production ends, mine water pollution actually intensifies after mine closure.

Newcastle University has developed internationally recognised expertise in this area, under the leadership of Professor Paul Younger, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Engagement at Newcastle University, and former professor of the Sir Joseph Swan Institute for Energy Research.

Professor Younger said, “The award-winning work in this area has taken place over a long period and continues on. It goes to show the extent of the impact that our industrial past has on our current environment, as well as the challenges it presents for the future. “Science has a major part to play in addressing ecological and environmental issues like this as populations grow, people live longer, energy resources experience more strain and solutions are required.

“Newcastle Science City is already leading the way and as one of four key science themes, Energy and Environment is rightly placed at the top of the agenda where we can deliver significant change and benefits for the city, region and internationally as well.”

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