Former Uranium Mine
Remediation & Restoration, Site Operations, Microbiology & Genomics, Water Management
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The mine owner engaged Ensero to help them achieve ongoing environmental compliance and ultimately regulatory closure of a remote former uranium mine located near Denver, CO. Ensero responded quickly with a multi-faceted approach including reclamation, mine dewatering, and both in-situ and ex-situ water treatment measures. Our custom-designed water treatment plant uses direct Reverse Osmosis (RO) under pressure, to minimize fouling and metals precipitation, increasing RO membrane efficiency. Combining mine dewatering, RO treatment, and in situ treatment within the mine pool allowed the owner to demonstrate hydraulic control of water within the mine workings in three months. In situ mine pool metals reduction goals were achieved withinin six months. The water treatment plant consistently meets the uranium MCL of 0.03 mg/L. Ensero also completed reclamation work in a difficult, narrow canyon to minimize impacts to all stakeholders and protect the endangered Preble’s Jumping Mouse habitat. We continue to operate and maintain the WTP as well as perform care and maintenance activities as Schwarzwalder.
On site passive water treatment pilot testing
Ensero's water treatment system design utilizes Reverse Osmosis pressure