Published: August 14, 2006
By: Great Basin Mine Watch, EARTHWORKS, Idaho Conservation League
According to recent information obtained from NDEP, two major gold mines in northern Nevada have dramatically increased their reported mercury air emissions from 2004 to 2005.
The Twin Creeks Mine has nearly doubled its reported emissions, and the Gold Quarry mine has more than tripled its reported emissions.
Together the two mines reported more than 700 pounds more mercury in 2005 than 2004; the equivalent of nearly 3 average-sized coal fire power plants. Total air emissions for the 2 mines in 2005 top 1,200 pounds.