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Global Conservation Body Votes to Ban Marine Mine Waste Dumping

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By Shreema Mehta

September 12, 2016

Mining companies move staggering amounts of earth to extract small quantities of minerals like gold and copper. Much of this waste is contaminated with heavy metals and chemicals used to extract metals from ore. Dealing with the resulting waste is a constant problem -- for the industry, environment and nearby communities.

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Tagged with: mining, oceans, iucn


Two Years Later, a Look at Mount Polley

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By Shreema Mehta

August 3, 2016

On August 4, 2014, a mine waste dam in British Columbia, Canada breached, releasing 24.4 million cubic meters of mine waste (or tailings) sludge into the Fraser River watershed, a group of lakes and rivers that bear salmon and sustain the livelihoods of local First Nation communities.

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Tagged with: tailings, mine waste, canada, tailings dam, british columbia, mount polley, unep, first nations


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