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Nevada gold mines pollute Idaho lakes/streams/fish with mercury

My brother-in-law, Jim, sent me an e-mail about a serious problem affecting lakes, streams (and fish!) in Idaho, and possibly Utah and Montana.

Gary: We had a guest speaker from The Idaho Conservation League — VERY disturbing and depressing.

Idaho (as well as Utah and Montana to some degree) are “down-winders” of gold mines in Northern Nevada. A new gold extraction process (ore is heated to 1,000 degrees) started in the mid-1990’s causes the mercury in the ore to vaporize. The industry has known of this since 1990’s, but there has been no law — Nevada has had a “self policing” regulation and you can guess how well that has worked.
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Posted on Thursday, April 10th, 2008
Under: Fish, Idaho, Mercury poisoning, Pollution | No Comments »