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A Field Study on the Application of Pilot-scale Vertical Flow Reactor System into the Removal of Fe, As and Mn in Mine Drainage
현장 파일럿 실험을 통한 광산배수 내 Fe, As, Mn 자연정화처리 효율평가
Econ. Environ. Geol. 2020 Dec;53(6):695-701
Published online December 31, 2020;
Copyright © 2020 the Korean society of economic and environmental gelology.

Oh-Hun Kwon, Hyun-Sung Park, JinSoo Lee and Won Hyun Ji*
권오훈 · 박현성 · 이진수 · 지원현*

Mine Reclamation Corporation
한국광해관리공단 광해방지연구실
Received November 4, 2020; Revised December 14, 2020; Accepted December 21, 2020.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
This study aimed to monitor a pilot-scale vertical flow reactor (VFR) system being operated in long-term for water quality control of pH-neutral mine drainage containing Fe, Mn and As, discharged in D mine site. The treatment systems of VFR and zero manganese reactor (ZMR) consisted of sand/limestone, and steel slag/limestone, respectively. The systems were operated during about six months in order to evaluate their long-term treatment efficiency It was observed that both pH and alkalinity of mine drainage were remarkably increased and more than 98% of Fe, As and Mn ions was continuously removed during the tested period of time. In conclusion, the field results of this work demonstrated that the vertical flow reactor system can effectively treat mine drainage contaminated by Fe, As and Mn.
Keywords : VFR(Vertical Flow Reactor), ZMR(Zero Manganese Reactor), Mine drainage, Field pilot experiment, Passive treatment


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