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Hardrock Mining: Risks to Community Health

Published: September 1, 2004

By: Aimee Boulanger

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Hardrock mining is practiced in a manner inherently threatening to human health.  Relatively few studies have looked at hardrock mining's effects on people living near, downstream or downwind from mines. 

The goal of this report is to begin to address the gap in scientific study and public information regarding risks for people living near mines.  In doing so, it seeks to raise awareness of the importance and urgency of the issue and to catalyze further investigation.

Hardrock Mining: Risks to Community Health was written and published by Women's Voices for the Earth, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering women --who historically have had little power to affect environmental policy -- to create an ecologically sustainable and socially just society.

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