EARTHblog » Bonnie Gestring
December 10, 2013
It's great to have some good news to share, and this one's a whopper. Mercury air pollution from U.S. gold mines has dropped by half - from over 5,000 pounds in 2006 to 2,500 pounds in 2012. This is a remarkable change!
The biggest polluters were giant, open-pit gold mines in northern Nevada, where the amount of mercury pollution was off the charts! Yet, there were no regulations that required these mines to control their emissions.
December 5, 2013
State regulators in Maine are developing new rules for hardrock mining that throw fiscal responsibility to the wind. The rule, which is currently up for public comment, will allow mining corporations to post just 50% of mine clean-up costs up front, rather than the 100% that’s normally required -- transferring the risk of clean-up costs from the mining corporation to taxpayers.