Education at the forefront of Australia Day honours

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His work has led to widespread application including in agriculture, where chemical sprays have been developed to adhere to foliage, rather than “bouncing off”.But Boger is most passionate about the impact his work has had on the mining industry.
“The mining industry is the biggest producer of waste in the world,” he said.
“It takes something out of the ground and then extracts a really small amount of material and the rest is generally disposed of as a fluid into tailings dams.
And then these things can be enormous, and there are usually two major tailings dam failures every year.” Based on Boger’s work, Alcoa devised a way to dispose of tailings waste more safely and sustainably, by removing water from the material.
The practices have since been adopted by large sections of the industry.
“It’s now pumped out as a paste, at a higher concentration, and then it’s easy to dry it in the sun.
Now, once people are disposing of the material as a paste and letting it dry, the probability of the failure of a dam is almost non-existent.”

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