Environmental students were invited to a derelict mine site in Neath to learn about the history of the site and its impacts on the present day environment. The detrimental impacts of acid leaching from the abandoned mine site were obvious as you walked through the site. Some areas were completely bare, too toxic for any growth. The creek presents as crystal clear waters, however nothing can survive in its highly acidic state.
Col, who lead the students around the site presented questions: What should the site be used for? How should it be managed? With better knowledge on how to manage waste, should they mine what coal remains to pay for the rehabilitation of the site?
The day was an eye opening experience as we saw firsthand how ongoing the issues are with derelict mine sites, due to prior poor waste management.