Volume 88 Issue 17 | p. 30 | Concentrates
Issue Date: April 26, 2010

EPA Cuts Mercury In Gold Mining

Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: pollution, mercury8817govc

Mercury emissions from gold ore processing and production—the U.S.'s sixth largest source of mercury air emissions—would be reduced under an EPA proposal announced on April 16. Mercury has been found to impair neurological development in the human fetus and in children. EPA's proposal would reduce annual mercury emissions from U.S. gold processing to about 1,390 lb per year—a 73% reduction from 2007 levels and a much larger cut from earlier years when emissions . . .

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