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Bronwyn Bell joins Adam, Brian, Carmen, and Jeff to discuss the challenges and responsibilities of an environmental engineer working in the mining sector.
- Carmen likes to help out local beer brewers in harvesting hops, but he’s not sure what makes for a good hops growing season.
- Environmental engineers plan, design and manage projects associated with environmental protection or remediation.
- Our guest for this episode is Bronwyn Bell, an environmental engineer from Western Australia with extensive experience in the Mining & Resources economic sector.
- An unfortunate early experience with Super Glue, while building a popsicle stick bridge, convinced Brownyn that she’d rather not be a civil engineer.
- Subsectors within the environmental engineering field include wastewater treatment, air pollution control, waste disposal, recyling, and public health management.
- Bronwyn managed to make spending time at a nearby beer brewery an integral part of her engineering studies.
- Our guest has worked in coal mines, iron mines, and diamond mines… and has also visited a number of gold mines.
- Kimberlite is an igneous rock that may contain diamonds.
- Alluvial diamond mining is usually associated with smaller-scale mining operations.
- Browyn has done a lot of work in the Pilbara region of Australia, which contains some of the Earth’s oldest rock formations.
- Tailings are the materials that remain after ore is processed to remove its more valuable components.
- Brian jokes about differences in pronouncing the thirteenth element on the periodic table.
- A metric ton, or tonne, is a mass equivalent to 1,000 kilograms.
- Bronwyn notes that a good environmental solution is often a good financial solution, as waste reduction aids both.
- One of our guest’s projects received financial relief due to the presence of Asian green mussels.
- Our guest can be reached via email: billson.bell -=+ at +=- gmail dot com.
Thanks to Stephen Bowler for use of the photo titled “Ducklings.” Opening music by John Trimble, and concluding theme by Paul Stevenson.