Published: August 14, 2006
By: Great Basin Mine Watch, EARTHWORKS, Idaho Conservation League
The Coeur Rochester, Newmont Lone Tree and Glamis Gold mines in northern Nevada have grossly under-reported their mercury air emissions.
Mining companies are required to report their emissions annually to the EPA's Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) so that the public has access to information about the amount of toxic mercury released in and around their communities.
According to TRI data, these three gold mines have reported zero, or relatively low, mercury air emissions every year since 1998. Yet, Great Basin Mine Watch, Idaho Conservation League, and EARTHWORKS recently obtained new information from the Nevada Department of Environmental Protection (NDEP), which indicates that these mines have vastly understated their emissions.