The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a new report casting a large shadow over the prospects for the proposed Pebble mine in Alaska. The EPA study is not an evaluation of a specific mining proposal, but rather, assesses the potential impacts of mining in the Bristol Bay region by creating 3 mining scenarios.
Mercury emissions in developed countries have decreased in recent decades with the use of new mining pollution control mechanisms.
use of water in mining has the potential to affect the quality of surrounding
surface water and groundwater. In response to environmental concerns and
government regulations, the mining industry worldwide increasingly monitors water
discharged from mine sites, and has implemented a number of strategies to prevent
Because of water quality concerns, surface and groundwater at mine sites is monitored before, during, and after the operation of the mine. The information collected by water monitoring programs is used to assess the effects of the mine on the surrounding environment and develop appropriate water management plans.
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