Ian Hutchison is a fifty-year veteran of mining. He has consulted to the largest international mining companies on tailings, waste rock, and heap leach facilities. Ian specializes in mine waste management planning, surface and groundwater aspects of mining, and the chemistry of wastes and their impact on the environment. In his consulting practices, he manages a staff of over thirty and understands the need of the most junior through to the most senior engineers and scientists working on small and large mine waste disposal facilities. He wrote the book on Mine Waste Management for the California Mining Association in California, USA.