Environmental Legacy of Lead Mining: Lessons Learned from Kabwe, Zambia - Samuel Mutiti, PhD

When:  Mar 15, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (ET)
Associated with  Georgia SME Section

Dear SME Members and Guests,

Please make plans to attend the Georgia Section of SME meeting on March 15, 2018 in Milledgeville at Georgia College.  We will have Dr. Samuel Mutiti from Georgia College and State University give his presentation of "Environmental Legacy of Lead Mining: Lessons Learned from Kabwe, Zambia".  Come out and support our section next month with a speaker who was chosen as a Fulbright Scholar who worked the 2016 -2017 academic year in Zambia on lead pollution and remediation.  Dr. Mutiti has a gofundme site where he is raising money to help fight lead pollution at a school in a lead-mining area in Zambia (https://www.gofundme.com/david-ramushu-school-lead-clean-up).  Please also see this article on Dr. Mutiti’s work in Africa (http://www.unionrecorder.com/news/gc-professor-looking-to-change-young-lives-in-zambia/article_3a86a46a-4f9d-11e7-a71e-3f17c9baf3f7.html).  Below is a description of the upcoming talk.

Thanks,

Tom Hilderbrand

Georgia Section SME Chairman

Title: Environmental Legacy of Lead Mining: Lessons learned from Kabwe, Zambia

Mining activities are very important for society and human survival because a lot of the resources that we need must be extracted from the Earth. Unfortunately, these activities, if not properly conducted, can have negative impacts such as landscape degradation and widespread environmental pollution. Widespread heavy metal contamination is one of the major global concerns resulting from mining and metal processing activities. The main pathways for heavy metal exposure in contaminated areas include direct contact, inhalation, and consumption of locally grown food and water. These metals are particularly problematic because they are toxic in both the elemental and mineral forms, which cannot be broken down to benign forms. In this talk, results of the environmental impact of lead mining in Kabwe, Zambia will be presented together with lessons learned from the research. Lead pollution is one of the major environmental issues in the world today, and one that needs urgent attention in Kabwe, Zambia. Kabwe has been listed among the top ten most polluted places in the world by the Blacksmith Institute. It is the second largest city in Zambia, with a population of over 200,000 people. The talk will also discuss best practices and remediation efforts aimed at minimizing the impacts of lead contamination on human health, especially on children.

About the Speaker:

Samuel Mutiti, PhD | Associate Professor; Georgia College & State University | Milledgeville, GA

Samuel Mutiti holds a PhD in geology with a specialty in hydrogeology. Dr. Mutiti is an associate professor at Georgia College where he has been since 2009. During this time he has served as chair of the Green Fee Committee, and the Sustainability Council. He has been an active member of the Georgia Academy of Sciences where he has served as secretary and chair of the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. He teaches various courses in geology and environmental sciences. As well as mentoring students in research. He has a very active research group that works on projects that include both local and international research on environmental contamination and remediation.  He is also actively involved in increasing quality undergraduate research at GC and in the Environmental Sciences curriculum via both independent research and class-based research.  Dr. Mutiti spent the academic year 2016/17 in Zambia as Fulbright Scholar working on lead pollution and remediation in Kabwe,, Zambia.

 

Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration

Georgia Section Meeting Notice

 

A meeting of the SME Georgia Section will be held on March 15, 2018 in the University Banquet Room (Presidential Dining Room located next to the MAX) at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, Georgia. 

 

Meeting Agenda

 

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM      Reception – Sponsored by Golder Associates

      6:45 PM - 6:50 PM      Environmental Issues Forum -- moderated by Dr. Sal Romero (Senior Geotechnical Engineer, Golder Associates Inc.).

6:50 PM. - 7:00 PM    Business Meeting – Announcements for Georgia Section SME.

7:00 PM - 7:30 PM    Dinner Served – Traditional Chicken Piccata – Seared Breast of Chicken in a Lemon Caper White Wine Sauce. Includes a Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons, Oven Herbed Roasted Potatoes, Chef’s Choice of Seasonal Vegetables, Traditional Roll and Butter, Cheese Cake with Fresh Seasonal Berries, Fresh Brewed Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee, Herbal and Non-Herbal Numi Teas with Hot Water and Freshly Brewed Iced Tea.

7:30 PM - 8:30 pm    Speaker: Dr. Samuel Mutiti – Associate Professor of Geology; Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA

Title: Environmental Legacy of Lead Mining: Lessons learned from Kabwe, Zambia

Mining activities are very important for society and human survival because a lot of the resources that we need must be extracted from the Earth. Unfortunately, these activities, if not properly conducted, can have negative impacts such as landscape degradation and widespread environmental pollution. Widespread heavy metal contamination is one of the major global concerns resulting from mining and metal processing activities. The main pathways for heavy metal exposure in contaminated areas include direct contact, inhalation, and consumption of locally grown food and water. These metals are particularly problematic because they are toxic in both the elemental and mineral forms, which cannot be broken down to benign forms. In this talk, results of the environmental impact of lead mining in Kabwe, Zambia will be presented together with lessons learned from the research. Lead pollution is one of the major environmental issues in the world today, and one that needs urgent attention in Kabwe, Zambia. Kabwe has been listed among the top ten most polluted places in the world by the Blacksmith Institute. It is the second largest city in Zambia, with a population of over 200,000 people. The talk will also discuss best practices and remediation efforts aimed at minimizing the impacts of lead contamination on human health, especially on children.

About the Speaker:

Samuel Mutiti, PhD | Associate Professor; Georgia College & State University | Milledgeville, GA

Samuel Mutiti holds a PhD in geology with a specialty in hydrogeology. Dr. Mutiti is an associate professor at Georgia College where he has been since 2009. During this time he has served as chair of the Green Fee Committee, and the Sustainability Council. He has been an active member of the Georgia Academy of Sciences where he has served as secretary and chair of the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. He teaches various courses in geology and environmental sciences. As well as mentoring students in research. He has a very active research group that works on projects that include both local and international research on environmental contamination and remediation.  He is also actively involved in increasing quality undergraduate research at GC and in the Environmental Sciences curriculum via both independent research and class-based research.  Dr. Mutiti spent the academic year 2016/17 in Zambia as Fulbright Scholar working on lead pollution and remediation in Kabwe, Zambia. 

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Location: The Presidential Dining Room is on the upper floor of the Maxwell Student Union located at corner of N. Clarke Street and W. Hancock Street on the campus of Georgia College & State University.  The entrance is on the Hancock St. side of the building.  See http://www.gcsu.edu/campus for a GC&SU campus map.

 

From Atlanta Take 1-20 East to Exit 114 (Madison). Turn right onto Highway 441 South. Follow Highway 441 South to Milledgeville (about 45 miles). Entering Milledgeville, continue straight so that you follow the business section of Hwy. 441 to Montgomery Street. Turn left.  Drive one block and turn right onto Clark Street.  Continue to the 1st stop light which is Hancock Street.  The Maxwell Student Union is on the left.

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Note:  The cost for both members and guests is $30 per person.  The cost for Students is $20.  Those interested in attending please mail or fax, (478) 552-4105, their registration to Tom Hilderbrand (tom.hilderbrand@thielekaolin.com; 478-552-3951, ext. 1237).  Please make checks payable to SME Georgia Section.  Complete and return this form and payment to:  SME Georgia Section, P.O. Box 1056, Sandersville, GA  31082 or RSVP by no later than March 13, 2018

 

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You may also pay by cash, check, or credit card at the door.

 

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Location

Georgia College & State University
231 West Hancock Street
Milledgeville, GA 31061
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Contact

Thomas Hilderbrand
(478) 552-3951 EXT 1237
tom.hilderbrand@thielekaolin.com