This study investigates As, Ni, Zn, Cd, and Pb removal onto minerals, waste materials, iron coated sand from abandined acid mine drainage. Natural materials or waste products with a high capacity for heavy metals can be obtained and employed of with little cost. For investigating the neutralization capacity, the change in pH, Eh, and EC as a function of time was quantified. Of the adsorbing agents, concrete showed that the high neutralization efficiency for AMD and maintained the pH value above 11. The adsorption of Fe and Mn by the samples was influenced by compositions of adsorbing agents. The experimental results of desorption revealed that when the adsorption or precipitation occurs, there was no significant releasing from all adsorbing agents. In this study, the results suggest that concrete can be used successfully in the treatment of acid mine drainages with mixed metal-contaminated wastes


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