Volume 85 Issue 22 | pp. 26-29
Issue Date: May 28, 2007

Quicksilver Quandary

Mercury in aging chemical plants could end up in and on the hands of gold miners
Department: Government & Policy

WILL TONS OF MERCURY now housed in eight U.S. chemical plants eventually get into the hands of poverty-stricken people panning for gold in developing countries and then into rivers and the air?

The U.S. government, led by the Environmental Protection Agency, is aware that the marketplace forces of supply and demand could make this scenario into a reality. With a goal of preventing that from happening, policy analysts now are studying how best to . . .

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