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Two tests of the long term sustainability of a mining operation are its environmental and social legacies.
Even fifteen years ago most mine closure plans dealt primarily with the engineering aspects of site
decommissioning and the technical aspects of environmental remediation. However, due to increasing
standards and a commitment to sustainability made by a number of leading mining companies, the industry is
fast adopting an integrated approach (social, environmental, engineering and financial) to closure. This
approach defines the closure legacy of the mine and frames the entire planning process of the mine cycle.
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the main issues facing companies at closure. It examines some key lessons learned from these experiences
and, in particular, the social and human relations aspects of closure.
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