Metal Mining is Responsible for 96% of Arsenic Emissions and 76% of Lead Emissions in the US

Jun 18, 2010 5:37 PM ET

Metal Mining

    • 22 of 22 metal mines investigated by Earthworks were found to be contributing to water contamination

    • A typical gold ring results in 20 tons of mine waste

    • Cyanide and Mercury are typically used to separate gold from the ore

    • Metal mining is responsible for 96% of arsenic emissions and 76% percent of lead emissions in the US

    • Metal mining is the most toxic polluter in the United States

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