Tag Archives: gold mining

How mercury poisons gold miners and enters the food chain

BBC News Linda Pressly 18 September 2013

About 15% of the world’s gold is produced by artisanal and small-scale miners, most of whom use mercury to extract it from the earth. In Indonesia, the industry supports some three million people – but the miners risk poisoning themselves, their children and the land.

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Queensland floods: Mines discharging waste

ABC Radio National 15 February 2013

Mines in central Queensland have been discharging waste water into passing floods.
For local farmers near the Dee River, a spill of toxic water from the abandoned Mount Morgan gold mine has turned out to be worse than first thought.

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Arsenic in soil ups cancer risk

University of Melbourne 23 March 2012

Exposure to arsenic in soil and mine waste may have contributed to a slight increase in past cancer risk in socio-economically disadvantaged areas in the Goldfields region of Victoria, according to new research published in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology.

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