EARTHWORKS

Factoid # 3: This Calls For More Than A Spoonful Of Sugar

Factoid # 3: This Calls For More Than A Spoonful Of Sugar
1872 Mining Law Fact #3

Published: March 13, 2003

Download this publication

It's pretty tough to swallow the poison pill of toxic mine waste- no matter what method you use.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates hardrock mining as the nation's top toxic polluter-based on pollution levels reported by the industry itself. Hardrock mining releases more toxics than any other industry, according to the EPA's Toxic Release Inventory.

Yet there are no environmental standards for hardrock mining under the 1872 Mining Law. Multinational mining companies released 3.4 billion pounds of toxic chemicals in the U.S. in 2000-including 454 million pounds of arsenic, 308 million pounds of lead and 3 million pounds of mercury.

Tagged with:

On Twitter

What it’s like to have 30 oil & gas wells as neighbors bit.ly/1zpa3mq via @grist
RT @CandiceBernd: The history of #Denton's #fracking fight shows why there's a real chance my town might ban fracking bit.ly/12rogAL

On Facebook