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  • Acidic drainage is now recognised to be the single greatest environmental challenge facing the mining sector worldwide
  • In Europe we have examples of acidic drainage in areas ranging from the high Arctic to circum-Mediterranean deserts
  • Most European examples are associated with abandoned mines
  • The proposed EU Mine Waste Directive is bringing the issue to the attention of European policy makers
  • Various acidic drainage investigations are underway in Europe including research building on recently-completed EU FP5 research projects (especially PIRAMID and ERMITE)
  • A central ‘watching post’ is desirable in order to avoid unnecessary duplication of effort – must include an inter-continental perspective