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The public health effects of abandoned coal mine workings on residents in South Wellington, Nanaimo

Abstract

Abandoned coal mine groundwater frequently contains depressed pH levels and elevated levels of hydrogen sulphide, iron, aluminium and nitrates. Abandoned coal mine groundwater is also usually high in copper, zinc, mercury, and lead. Groundwater from abandoned mines can seriously affect public health through the discharge of non-point source pollution. This paper presents information on a research project regarding the possible impacts of abandoned coal mines and its effects on groundwater as it relates to the health of residents in South Wellington, Nanaimo, British Columbia. The purpose of the project is to determine which illnesses are more common in South Wellington, Nanaimo and in the control area. The paper provides a discussion of the Nanaimo coal field and three major seams; the Wellington, Newcastle and Douglas which are most likely to have a significant impact on groundwater in South Wellington. 27 refs.
Authors:
Biagioni, K [1] 
  1. Victoria Univ., BC (Canada)
Publication Date:
Jul 01, 2005
Product Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: The 3. international conference on environment and health : urban planning and environmental management for human health, Chennai (India), 15-17 Dec 2003; Other Information: PBD: [2005]; Related Information: In: Proceedings of the 3. international conference on environment and health : urban planning and environmental management for human health, by Bunch, M.J. (ed.) [York Univ., Toronto, ON (Canada). Faculty of Environmental Studies]; Suresh, V.M.; Kumaran, T.V. (eds.) [Madras Univ., Chennai (India). Dept. of Geography], [700] pages.
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; 01 COAL, LIGNITE, AND PEAT; WATER POLLUTION; COAL MINES; ABANDONED SITES; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; GROUND WATER; PUBLIC HEALTH; POLLUTION SOURCES; DISEASES; BRITISH COLUMBIA
Sponsoring Organizations:
Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority, Egmore, Chennai (India); Indian Geographical Society, Chennai (India); Indian Office of the Registrar General, Chennai (India). Census of India; Association of Geography Teachers of India, Chennai (India); York Univ., Toronto, ON (Canada). Faculty of Environmental Studies; McMaster Univ., Hamilton, ON (Canada). McMaster Inst. of Environment and Health; International Development Research Centre, Ottawa, ON (Canada); Canadian International Development Agency, Ottawa, ON (Canada)
OSTI ID:
20604570
Research Organizations:
Madras Univ., Chennai (India). Dept. of Geography; Karnataka Environment Research Foundation, Bangalore (India); York Univ., Toronto, ON (Canada). Faculty of Environmental Studies
Country of Origin:
Canada
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
TRN: CA0501426
Availability:
Available from the website of York University at http://www.yorku.ca
Submitting Site:
CANM
Size:
page(s) 1-10
Announcement Date:

Citation Formats

Biagioni, K. The public health effects of abandoned coal mine workings on residents in South Wellington, Nanaimo. Canada: N. p., 2005. Web.
Biagioni, K. The public health effects of abandoned coal mine workings on residents in South Wellington, Nanaimo. Canada.
Biagioni, K. 2005. "The public health effects of abandoned coal mine workings on residents in South Wellington, Nanaimo." Canada.
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title = {The public health effects of abandoned coal mine workings on residents in South Wellington, Nanaimo}
author = {Biagioni, K}
abstractNote = {Abandoned coal mine groundwater frequently contains depressed pH levels and elevated levels of hydrogen sulphide, iron, aluminium and nitrates. Abandoned coal mine groundwater is also usually high in copper, zinc, mercury, and lead. Groundwater from abandoned mines can seriously affect public health through the discharge of non-point source pollution. This paper presents information on a research project regarding the possible impacts of abandoned coal mines and its effects on groundwater as it relates to the health of residents in South Wellington, Nanaimo, British Columbia. The purpose of the project is to determine which illnesses are more common in South Wellington, Nanaimo and in the control area. The paper provides a discussion of the Nanaimo coal field and three major seams; the Wellington, Newcastle and Douglas which are most likely to have a significant impact on groundwater in South Wellington. 27 refs.}
place = {Canada}
year = {2005}
month = {Jul}
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