Aluminium is currently produced in more or less the same way as it was a century ago. environmental problem. The red mud spill case in Hungary has highlighted in addition to the “usual” static uncertainties of reservoirs other basic shortcomings in the management of wastes and in the handling of unprecedented complex environmental problems similar to the Ajka case. red mud presents a significant environmental hazard, especially when 2) would likely not pose significant 1), a crucial step in the author. "Treatment of Alumina Refinery Waste (Red Mud) Through Neutralization The disposal of red mud remains an environmental concern all around in the alumina- aluminium producing countries. hundreds of Becquerels per kilogram (Bq/kg) - are still not that at the Chernobyl nuclear plant in 1986, red mud is a relatively low Required fields are marked *. As well as creating a major potential for local environmental problems, this is also very poor resource exploitation. But before Wam-Jam can move ahead with its idea it must convince the Jamaican government that this is the way to go. 28, No. "The red mud is leaving a deposit and ravaging the scenic areas," said Zsolt Szegfalvi, head of the environmental group in Hungary. Sequential extraction procedure and speciation analyses were applied. by some of the countries [10]. red mud to acceptable levels in developed countries. of large quantities of red mud has caused serious environmental problems including soil contamination, groundwater pollution and fine particles’ suspension in the sea. Further, disposal of large quantities of red mud dumped, poses increasing problems of storage occupying a lot of space. 157, 1 But what is bauxite residue? Ceramic Materials," Green Chem. One of the options to make red mud less hazardous and environmentally benign is its neutralization with acid or an acidic waste. The Bayer process has seen a century of investment in machinery, know-how and experience, leading to the optimisation of the process in terms of cost-effectiveness and product quality. J. Spectroscopy 2016, Every year we carry out several thousand projects for customers large and small. red mud is generated worldwide every year posing a very serious environmental problem. of large quantities of red mud has caused serious environmental problems including soil contamination, groundwater pollution and fine particles’ suspension in the sea. We hear about dams in danger of bursting and disposal sites where bauxite residue is seeping into the environment. annually to a red mud field. This by-product, called bauxite residue or “red mud”, on a dry basis is produced in almost a 1 to 1 kg ratio to alumina and consists from various metal oxides of Fe, Al, Ti, Si, K, Na, V, Ga (depending on the initial chemical composition of the bauxite ore) along with inclusions of This is simply a glaring example of the linear economy in which value is measured by short-term cycles of supply and demand without any regard for long-term planning for the conservation of natural resources for future generations. Strindveien 4, Trondheim, Postal address: The enormous quantity of `red mud' discharged by industries producing alumina from bauxite represents an environmental and economical problem. Author information: (1)Department of Environmental Sciences, Jožef Stefan Institute, Jamova 39, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia. As long as the least expensive short-term solution is dumping, no-one can afford to consider any alternatives. Red mud does not have that kind of a problem,” says Leader. Red mud, also commonly called bauxite residue, is a waste product left over from the Bayer process, in which alumina is extracted from bauxite ore. 35, 563 (2017). A patent-pending energy and exergy efficient process has been recently developed by the Advanced Mineral Recovery Technologies (AMRT, Ltd.) and NTUA’s Laboratory of Metallurgy, for the direct transformation of red mud into valuable products, such as pig iron and mineral wool. silicate material have been used to mitigate some of the other negative The raw materials for the production of all these products are instead derived from mining activities, which are associated with their own sustainability issues and local environmental damage. Levels: WHO Reports on Chernoby,l" IAEA Bull. As many spills, the red-mud spillage is always a primary concern for the inhabitants of the neighborhood of alumina plants. [3], As opposed to significant nuclear disasters, such as Highly alkaline and difficult to deal with, In one instance - when the red mud was applied at 200 tonnes a hectare - the doses could be multiplied ten-fold, according to a West Australian Environmental Protection Authority document. exposure for those simply living in Eastern Europe during the time of Highly alkaline and difficult to deal with, red mud presents a significant environmental hazard, especially when spilled out of the clay-lined impounds designed to contain it, as in the 2010 case of Ajka in Hungary. Pingback: Electrical heating technologies for flow assurance of subsea flowlines - #SINTEFblog, What minimum content of Al2O3 in Bauxite can be tackled the Pedersen process, Your email address will not be published. Red mud has been named the most serious sustainable environmental problem associated with the aluminum industry and recently led to the tragic loss of human life and environmental damage in Hungary, with other spills also occurring in India, China, Canada and Brazil. Bauxite residue contains up to 50 per cent iron oxide, and more than ten per cent of components such as aluminium oxide, silica, titanium oxide and other substances. Red mud, also known as bauxite residue, is an radmila.milacic@ijs.si Aluminum (Al) is mostly produced from bauxite ore, which contains up to 70% of Al(2)O(3) (alumina). “I think the time is ripe to turn cheap red mud into an inexpensive material that can help solve some serious environmental problems,” Iannicelli says. And while we surround ourselves with these great volumes, we are fully aware that technological solutions are available. 57, 63 (2013). Red mud poses serious environmental problems such as alkali seepage in ground water and alkaline dust generation. These studies have provided insight into the main environmental concerns, as well as the effectiveness of remedial efforts that can inform future … The case is important in international law governing the Mediterranean sea. Red mud is a by-product of mining bauxite, the raw material used for producing aluminium. The mud loses its iron-red colour and instead appears as a “grey mud”, that for the most part consists of calcium carbonate and silica, which can be used as a raw material in cement and fertiliser manufacture. And from the 1970s they started to communicate in “Aloxid Alumina”, a newspaper issued by Almásfüzitő’s Alumina Plant’s Party Committee about environmental problems as well, admitting the red mud is a problem and that it should be treated differently but they did not have the right technology for that. That is the reason why intensive purification steps are needed while dealing with Sc from a red mud leach solution. utilization of the red mud considered as a secondary raw material are top issues and in this way the high environmental risk related to the storage can be mitigated. Bauxite residue is a waste product produced by the aluminium industry. countries, efforts are being undergone to reduce the radiation levels of Treatment of acidic mine water requires the generation of enough alkalinity to neutralize the excess acidity. P.O. For all its advantages, the Pedersen process also has its drawbacks. Red mud presents significant environmental problems, so that its incorporation in geopolymers could represent an alternative solution to produce valuable products from this residue. Release of toxicants into water supplies and surface waters should be prevented. Sustain. We are doing our part to help produce technologies for a better society, and we are confident that we have a solution. mud which has been ignored, however, is its radiation. Status of Red Mud utilization Introduction Product from RM Current utilization rate*, mtpa Potential utilization rate*, mtpa Additive/ raw material to cement plants 1.0 –1.5 100% red mud can be consumed. 1), a crucial step in the manufacturing of aluminum. To answer the second question – more than twice as much bauxite residue as aluminium metal is produced during a standard production and refinement process. Stiftelsen SINTEF, Produced in mass quantities (estimates hover around 1-2 tons of red mud per ton of alumina produced), red mud has become an increasingly debated topic as of late, both for the problems it presents and for the problems it could potentially solve; concern over the … It is technically possible to use it in steel manufacture and in the building industry. That’s not just because our name comes with a good reputation, but also because we’re serious about chemical and physical interactions between soil, water and air, and what we can do about contamination in our environment. Keeping in view sustainable re-vegetation and residue management, neutralization/treatment of red mud using different techniques is the only alternative to make the bauxite residue environmentally benign. This is why it cannot simply be discharged into the natural environment. The technologies are available, but it is far from clear how they can best be implemented. Thus, disposal of red mud is an environmental concern and it should be recycled in an effective way. MCNP," J. Environ. [4] In fact, the radiation Today, the Bayer process is used universally throughout the aluminium industry. For years, the government has been importing the raw material for asphalt from countries like Venezuela. Let’s answer the first question first. The author warrants that The alkaline constituents in the red mud impose severe and alarming environmental problems, such as soil and air pollution. 2, 332 (2016). Environmental impact of toxic elements in red mud studied by fractionation and speciation procedures. [1] W. M. Mayes et al., "Advances in All other rights, including commercial rights, are reserved to the Red mud in an liquid state causes harmful effects to human skin. cal process leads to significant environmental problems [9]. application of mineral acids, coating with coal dust, and sintering with Still red mud ponds turn out to be a threat during heavy monsoon when the sludge can … But red mud can also leach toxic heavy metals, which is an environmental concern. Highly alkaline and difficult to deal with, red mud presents a significant environmental hazard, especially when spilled out of the clay-lined impounds designed to contain it, as in the 2010 case of Ajka in … The accumulation of large volumes of red mud and the associated supernatant liquor is a significant problem for alumina refinery operations as it requires a large disposal area. In these lakes, the red and brown muds settle to the bottom and the water is removed, treated, and either discharged or reused. In view of the tendency for reformation to more strict environmental policies, it is more likely that industrial processes will be implemented to absorb Red Mud. a problem for complex hydrometallurgical operations. 173, 97 (2017). The storage of red mud is a challenge for alumina refineries (Figure 1), as storage pond dams sometimes collapse and/or fail due to heavy rains that cause flooding and breaching. And why do we find such large bauxite residue settling pools scattered around the world? The high alkalinity (pH ≥13) and high caustic (NaOH) content in red mud causes environmental risks for fertile soil and groundwater contamination (making it unable to support plant life), and leads to human health risks such as dermal skin problems and irritation to eyes. insoluble byproduct generated from the extraction of alumina from With other process residues (Caustic soda, lime etc.) Major financial investment will be required to achieve zero waste from the aluminium industry. Radiation A Canadian clean technology company has developed the first commercial treatment for red mud - the biggest problem in the aluminium industry. manufacturing of aluminum. Red mud (RM) is a by-product of extracting of alumina from bauxite. water sources. for lowland [1]. The particle dimention of red mud usually less than 1mm. Concentrations From the Fukushima Nuclear Accident in Fish Products and Four years after Hungary’s disastrous red mud spill, the geochemical signature of sediments from the affected Torna–Marcal river system suggest that remediation measures have successfully limited long term environmental impacts. [7] J. Chen, "Evaluation of Radioactivity [7,8]. mud - which includes U-238 and Th-232 each with radiation in the Hence, at present an important problem of aluminium industries is the disposal of red mud. Red mud remains an economic and environmental management challenge for the aluminum industry. However, The author Instead of being used as a raw material in the production of iron, silicon, aluminium, cement, building insulation or other products, it is regarded simply as waste. more than two orders of magnitude more potent, including the more The enormous volumes of mud produced make the challenges and problems associated with its management, and the space it occupies, equally enormous. [3] S. Landsberger et al., "Characterization Today's annual global cement production has reached 2.8 billion tonnes, i.e. One of the major concerns about the aftermaths of the accident is the potential health effects of vast amounts of fugitive dust from red mud sediment. The Pedersen process was developed by Professor Harald Pedersen in Trondheim in the 1920s and was in use at Høyanger for 40 years. [5] While red mud [5] M. O. Miller and D. A. Miller, "The Technological Dosim. [6] S. Qin and B. Wu, "Reducing the Radiation Dose of Global annual production of red mud (bauxite residue) is about 150 million tonnes. But we can’t succeed on our own. We need help! 4589460 (2016). This story is part of a special news series on global water issues. As a result of a tragic industrial accident, a highly alkaline red mud sludge inundated settlements and agricultural areas near Ajka, Hungary on October 4, 2010. 2010 case of Ajka in Hungary. Red mud is the tailings generated from the production process of aluminum industry and is mainly stacked in open-air at present, so how to ensure the stability of red mud stockpile is very important. 13, 2423 (2011). The high sodium content makes it difficult to use unprocessed bauxite residue in the steel industry as a substitute for iron ore. The dangers and disasters of red mud stockpiles are well documented along with the effect on the environment. risk in terms of environmental radiation. An enormous quantity of caustic red mud is generated worldwide every year, posing a very serious and alarming environmental and safety problem. Therefore, red mud types from Germany and Greece were chosen for the neutralization of AMD from South Africa, where this problem is notorious. However, the really big problem with bauxite residue is that there is so much of it. SINTEF is one of Europe’s largest independent research organisations. In one instance - when the red mud was applied at 200 tonnes a hectare - the doses could be multiplied ten-fold, according to a West Australian Environmental Protection Authority document. The rest is dumped. to the Production of Alumina," Int. Wasewar, and A. Agnihotri, [2] S. Rai, K.L. The disposal and the utilization of red mud exhibit problem not only in Hungary, but in the majority of the European Union countries as well. activation analysis - advanced techniques used to determine the Furthermore, high volumes of liquor significantly reduce the lifetime of the disposal facility and may present a risk to the environment due to the challenges associated with wet material storage. comparison to that of a significant nuclear disaster like Chernobyl, the Despite this, the radiation levels from red “Red mud” or “bauxite residue” is a highly alkaline waste generated from alumina refinery with a pH of 10.5–12.5 which poses serious environmental problems. metal content, the disposal of large quantities of red mud has caused serious environmental problems including soil contamination, groundwater pollution and fine particles’ suspension in the sea. form, with attribution to the author, for noncommercial purposes only. 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