Mine Closure: The Basics of Success

2 modules


Course Length
15 hours

Edumine Courses

08 Aug 2023



In theory, mine closure is simple; in practice, it is difficult. In this course, we will start with the simple and then proceed to the more difficult, which we will explain in terms that will enable you to deal with the many issues that arise as you plan and implement mine closure.

The simple part of mine closure may be set down as three objectives:

  • remove equipment and structures;

  • stabilize waste piles; and

  • control spread of pollutants from the closed site.

As we shall see as we progress through this course, these three simple objectives quickly give rise to many questions and knotty issues, including:

  • Who pays?

  • Who says enough is enough? And,

  • What is to become of the site in the long term?

Many more related and difficult issues arise. Reading only this course will not enable you to solve all the problems. Each mine site is unique and demands a unique closure plan and approach. You will undoubtedly have to formulate the specifics of the closure plan for your mine by way of many studies, meetings, reports, and deep deliberations. This course will attempt to set down the current state of ideas, practice, and possibilities, so that you are empowered to move forward to success at the mine where you are part of a team charged with mine closure.


  • Jack A. Caldwell




90 days




Cross Train


May 11, 2011


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Course Content

The principal topics covered by this course include:

  • Introduction and Basic Concepts

  • Laws, Regulations and Standards for Mine Closure

  • Post-Closure Mine Use

  • Mine Closure Phases, Planning and Implementation

  • Financing Mine Closure

  • The Engineering of Closure

  • Social Issues of Mine Closure

  • Common Mistakes of Mine Closure

The course comprises 25 learning sessions, each of 30–60 minutes duration, supported by numerous figures, tables, case studies and appendices, plus eight interactive reviews that confirm the viewer's achievement of learning objectives. The total duration of the course is approximately fifteen hours.

Learning Outcomes

  • Recognize and discuss the multi-disciplinary components of mine closure.

  • Formulate the specifics of a closure plan for a mine by way of studies, meetings, reports and deliberations.

  • Oversee the implementation of a mine closure plan.

Recommended Background

  • A degree in engineering, geology, environmental science or equivalent discipline.

  • Knowledge and experience of the mining process.


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate Edumine Certification

Learning Credits

Mine Closure: The Basics of Success
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Added 15 days ago, by Cori
Added over 1 year ago, by Anonymous
Some good elements but many outdated too, with the ongoing progression of mine closure, this course should be updated to align with current practice.
Added almost 2 years ago, by Shevlin
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Added over 2 years ago, by Anonymous
Muy interesante y actualizado
Added over 2 years ago, by Anonymous
well written. very informative. Please review the exam questions as some may not be accurate.
Added over 2 years ago, by Hy-Tech
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