In preparation for, during and also after mining activities, environmentally relevant issues are investigated and concrete solution proposals for realisation are developed. Our goal is to minimise negative impacts on nature and the environment and to develop compensation measures at an early stage.

Measures are:

  • Surface and groundwater monitoring
  • Processing of mine, process, grey and black water
  • Utilisation of all usable mineral resources
  • Short transport distances
  • Minimisation of dust and noise emissions as well as the space required above ground (processing takes place underground)
  • Creation of compensation areas in the course of forest conversion

After completion of the raw material exploitation, the final operating plan is implemented in coordination with the Saxon Mining Authority:

  • Dismantling of all installations (underground and above ground)
  • Cancelling of mine drainage
  • Safekeeping of the accesses to the mine workings according to the planned subsequent use
  • Gradual redesign and renaturation of the waste dump, ideally complete dismantling of the waste dump
  • Continuation of the monitoring programme, in particular for the protected goods water and air, until release from mining supervision

Safety

Safety is our top priority. Mining involves some special features and also hazards. It is therefore particularly important to take appropriate measures to ensure the safety of our employees and local residents. Various laws and regulations (e.g. BBergG, ABBergV, KlimaBergV, GesBergV, StrlSchG, StrlSchV) form the basis for ensuring occupational safety in mining. To implement the legal requirements, we work closely with experts in the fields of radiation protection and mine rescue, among others.

Radon

What is Radon?

Radon is a natural, colourless and odourless inert gas. It is about seven times heavier than air (1.3 g/l) and thus the heaviest gas (9.73 g/l). Radon is formed during the radioactive decay of naturally occurring uranium in soils and rocks. All isotopes of radon are unstable, the most common isotope ²²Rn has a half-life of 3.8 days.

Where does Radon occur?

Radon occurs in varying concentrations everywhere in our environment. In the soil, the gas can move on in soil pores and cracks. Since radon is water-soluble, it can also occur in groundwater and surface water.

How dangerous is Radon?

Radon can damage the respiratory tract if you are exposed to too high a concentration over a long period of time. When radon decays in the lungs, substances are formed that can cause damage to lung tissue. Outdoors, radon disperses and dilutes very quickly. Indoors, without sufficient ventilation, it can accumulate and pose a hazard.

Radon and Mining

Regular control measurements are carried out to monitor radon. We plan to reduce the radon concentration at the workplace to a minimum through targeted ventilation and other technical measures such as insulating radon-contaminated pit areas.

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