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Vanadium: A re-emerging environmental hazard (2018)
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Watt, J. A., Burke, I. T., Edwards, R. A., Malcolm, H. M., Mayes, W. M., Olszewska, J. P., …Spears, B. M. (2018). Vanadium: A re-emerging environmental hazard. Environmental Science and Technology, 52(21), 11973-11974. doi:10.1021/acs.est.8b05560

Vanadium (V) is a contaminant which has been long confined to the annals of regulatory history. This follows the reduction of its historical primary source (fossil fuel emissions) since the 1970s (e.g., by 80% in the UK). However, V is quickly becomi... Read More

Leaching behaviour of co-disposed steel making wastes: Effects of aeration on leachate chemistry and vanadium mobilisation (2018)
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Hobson, A. J., Stewart, D. I., Mortimer, R. J., Mayes, W. M., Rogerson, M., & Burke, I. T. (2018). Leaching behaviour of co-disposed steel making wastes: Effects of aeration on leachate chemistry and vanadium mobilisation. Waste Management, 81, 1-10. doi:10.1016/j.wasman.2018.09.046

Steelmaking wastes stored in landfill, such as slag and spent refractory liners, are often enriched in toxic trace metals (including V). These may become mobile in highly alkaline leachate generated during weathering. Fresh steelmaking waste was char... Read More

Options for managing alkaline steel slag leachate: A life cycle assessment (2018)
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Gomes, H. I., Mayes, W. M., Baxter, H. A., Jarvis, A. P., Burke, I. T., Stewart, D. I., & Rogerson, M. (2018). Options for managing alkaline steel slag leachate: A life cycle assessment. Journal of cleaner production, 202, 401-412. doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.08.163

Management of steel slag (a major by-product of the steel industry) includes the treatment of highly alkaline leachate (pH > 11.5) from rainwater infiltration of slag deposits to prevent adverse impact upon surface or ground waters. This study aims t... Read More

Behaviour and fate of vanadium during the aerobic neutralisation of hyperalkaline slag leachate (2018)
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Hobson, A. J., Stewart, D. I., Bray, A. W., Mortimer, R. J., Mayes, W. M., Riley, A. L., …Burke, I. T. (2018). Behaviour and fate of vanadium during the aerobic neutralisation of hyperalkaline slag leachate. The Science of the total environment, 643, 1191-1199. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.06.272

© 2018 Vanadium is a toxic metal present in alkaline leachates produced during the weathering of steel slags. Slag leaching can therefore have deleterious effects on local watercourses due to metal toxicity, the effects of the high pH (9–12.5) and ra... Read More

Atmospheric CO2 sequestration in iron and steel slag: Consett, Co. Durham, UK (2018)
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Mayes, W. M., Riley, A. L., Gomes, H., Brabham, P., Hamlyn, J., Pullin, H., & Renforth, P. (2018). Atmospheric CO2 sequestration in iron and steel slag: Consett, Co. Durham, UK. Environmental Science and Technology, 52(14), 7892-7900. doi:10.1021/acs.est.8b01883

Carbonate formation in waste from the steel industry could constitute a non-trivial proportion of global requirements to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere at potentially low cost. To constrain this potential, we examined atmospheric carbon di... Read More

Recovery of Al, Cr and V from steel slag by bioleaching: batch and column experiments (2018)
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Gomes, H. I., Funari, V., Mayes, W. M., Rogerson, M., & Prior, T. J. (2018). Recovery of Al, Cr and V from steel slag by bioleaching: batch and column experiments. Journal of environmental management, 222, (30-36). doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.05.056. ISSN 0301-4797

Steel slag is a major by-product of the steel industry and a potential resource of technology critical elements. For this study, a basic oxygen furnace (BOF) steel slag was tested for bacterial leaching and recovery of aluminium (Al), chromium (Cr),... Read More

Hydraulic and biotic impacts on neutralisation of high-pH waters (2017)
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Gomes, H. I., Mayes, W. M., Rogerson, M., Burke, I. T., & Stewart, D. I. (2017). Hydraulic and biotic impacts on neutralisation of high-pH waters. The Science of the total environment, 601-602, (1271-1279). doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.05.248. ISSN 0048-9697

The management of alkaline (pH 11–12.5) leachate is an important issue associated with the conditioning, afteruse or disposal of steel slags. Passive in-gassing of atmospheric CO2 is a low cost option for reducing Ca(OH)2 alkalinity, as Ca(OH)2 is ne... Read More

Sustained bauxite residue rehabilitation with gypsum and organic matter 16 years after initial treatment (2017)
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Bray, A. W., Stewart, D. I., Courtney, R., Rout, S. P., Humphreys, P. N., Mayes, W. M., & Burke, I. T. (2018). Sustained bauxite residue rehabilitation with gypsum and organic matter 16 years after initial treatment. Environmental Science and Technology, 52(1), 152-161. doi:10.1021/acs.est.7b03568

Bauxite residue is a high volume by-product of alumina manufacture which is commonly disposed of in purpose-built bauxite residue disposal areas (BRDAs). Natural waters interacting with bauxite residue are characteristically highly alkaline, and have... Read More

Can aggregate quarry silt lagoons provide resources for wading birds? (2017)
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Day, G., Mayes, W. M., Wheeler, P. M., & Hull, S. L. (2017). Can aggregate quarry silt lagoons provide resources for wading birds?. Ecological engineering, 105, (189-197). doi:10.1016/j.ecoleng.2017.04.055

Wading birds have declined across Europe as the intensification of lowland agriculture has resulted in the loss and degradation of wetland areas. Lowland aggregate extraction sites that incorporate areas of fine, waste sediments deposited in silt lag... Read More

Resource recovery and remediation of highly alkaline residues : a political-industrial ecology approach to building a circular economy (2017)
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Deutz, P., Baxter, H., Gibbs, D., Mayes, W. M., & Gomes, H. I. (2017). Resource recovery and remediation of highly alkaline residues : a political-industrial ecology approach to building a circular economy. Geoforum, 85, 336-344. doi:10.1016/j.geoforum.2017.03.021

Highly alkaline industrial residues (e.g., steel slag, bauxite processing residue (red mud) and ash from coal combustion) have been identified as stocks of potentially valuable metals. Technological change has created demand for metals, such as vanad... Read More

Vanadium removal and recovery from bauxite residue leachates by ion exchange (2016)
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Jones, A., Gomes, H. I., Mayes, W. M., Rogerson, M., & Burke, I. T. (2016). Vanadium removal and recovery from bauxite residue leachates by ion exchange. Environmental science and pollution research international, 23(22), (23034-23042). doi:10.1007/s11356-016-7514-3. ISSN 0944-1344

Bauxite residue is an important by-product of the alumina industry, and current management practices do not allow their full valorisation, especially with regard to the recovery of critical metals. This work aims to test the efficiency of ion exchang... Read More

Advances in understanding enviromental risks of red mud after the Ajka Spill, Hungary (2016)
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Mayes, W. M., Burke, I. T., Gomes, H. I., Anton, Á. D., Molnár, M., Feigl, V., & Ujaczki, É. (2016). Advances in understanding enviromental risks of red mud after the Ajka Spill, Hungary. Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy, 2(4), 332-343. doi:10.1007/s40831-016-0050-z

In the 5 years since the 2010 Ajka red mud spill (Hungary), there have been 46 scientific studies assessing the key risks and impacts associated with the largest single release of bauxite-processing residue (red mud) to the environment. These studies... Read More

Long-term evolution of highly alkaline steel slag drainage waters (2015)
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Mayes, W. M., & Riley, A. L. (2015). Long-term evolution of highly alkaline steel slag drainage waters. Environmental monitoring and assessment, 187(7), doi:10.1007/s10661-015-4693-1. ISSN 0167-6369

© 2015, Springer International Publishing Switzerland. The disposal of slag generated by the steel industry can have negative consequences upon the surrounding aquatic environment by the generation of high pH waters, leaching of potentially problemat... Read More

Geochemical recovery of the Torna-Marcal river system after the Ajka red mud spill, Hungary (2014)
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Mayer, W. M., Magyar, A., Anton, A. D., Mayes, W. M., Gruiz, K., Burke, I. T., …Magyar, A. (2014). Geochemical recovery of the Torna-Marcal river system after the Ajka red mud spill, Hungary. Environmental science--processes & impacts, 16(12), 2677-2685. doi:10.1039/c4em00452c

The failure of the Ajka red mud depository in October 2010 led to the largest single release of red mud into the surface water environment. This study provides a comparative assessment of stream sediment quality in the Torna–Marcal–Rába catchment bet... Read More

Rapid recovery of benthic invertebrates downstream of hyperalkaline steel slag discharges (2014)
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Hull, S. L., Oty, U. V., & Mayes, W. M. (2014). Rapid recovery of benthic invertebrates downstream of hyperalkaline steel slag discharges. Hydrobiologia, 736(1), 83-97. doi:10.1007/s10750-014-1894-5

This study assesses the physical and chemical characteristics of hyperalkaline steel slag leachate from a former steelworks on two streams in England and their impacts on benthic invertebrate communities. Using multivariate methods (CCA), we related... Read More

Ecotoxicity of fluvial sediments downstream of the Ajka red mud spill, Hungary (2012)
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Klebercz, O., Mayes, W. M., Anton, Á. D., Feigl, V., Jarvis, A. P., & Gruiz, K. (2012). Ecotoxicity of fluvial sediments downstream of the Ajka red mud spill, Hungary. Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 14(8), (2063-2071). doi:10.1039/c2em30155e. ISSN 1464-0325

An integrated assessment of biological activity and ecotoxicity of fluvial sediments in the Marcal river catchment (3078 km2), western Hungary, is presented following the accidental spill of bauxite processing residue (red mud) in Ajka. Red mud conta... Read More