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Mercury Emissions from Gold Mining

Mercury Emissions from Gold Mining
Gold mining is the fifth largest source of mercury air emissions in the US

Published: December 10, 2013

By: Bonnie Gestring

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While much attention has been placed on coal-fired power plants and their mercury emissions, scant notice has been paid to gold mines and their role as the fifthlargest source of mercury air emissions in the U.S. Most of the mercury air emissions from gold mines are released by mines that use ore roasters to process the gold.

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