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40 US Mines Are Causing Water Pollution That Will Last for Centuries, Says New Report

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Water treatment for these mines could cost as much as $67 billion/year In the midst of declining fresh water supplies, an increasing number of hard rock mining companies are causing pollution that will last for hundreds/ thousands of years

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Michael M (60)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 1:12 pm
Although environmental and health problems are generally discounted by those who believe that politics deal with somehow more important things, it is long past time that all of you consider the relationship.
If life and health and diversity of plants, animals, ecosystems to corruption in government, from conception, root, to your own personal mental and physical well-being.

. (0)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 1:25 pm
What an incredible disaster. Aren't mines privately owned and operated, having to adhere to a federal staandard of operation? Once again, the government has overlooked what can amount to a major ecological disaster.

Michael M (60)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 1:39 pm
If you live in the west or canada, you can see the externals for which mining corporations are not assessed.

Soill loss, erosion, toxificaton. The article I posted above has to do only with hard rock mines, and open pits add to the devastation of huge areas.

Debbie G (306)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 2:17 pm
Humans will never learn. Especially the mining corporations that are just greedy.

Roxie H (350)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 4:41 am
mining has gotten free reign and lax restrictions

Ro H (0)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 7:20 am

Michael M (60)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 8:14 am
Earthworksis the source of the info.

Go to
to see Earthworks work and the study link.

Lydia M (80)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 8:29 am
Another Incredible Disaster in the making, Thanks for sharing.

Michael M (60)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 8:51 am
The effluents are permited by govt.
The EPA regulates, and as you know that agency is constantly under attack by republicans, costantly underfunded, and hindered by old laws which fail to sufficiently protect air, water, land, ocean.

All effluents evaporate and percolate down to groundwater.
You may not kow that groundwater flows, that bacteria live down to 2 miles deep, and that unkown effects occur to ecosystems like that, which can cascade to other ecosystems, damaging or collapsing life far from source of death.

marie C (163)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 12:20 pm
Thank you

lee e (114)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 2:21 pm
Yet another "conservative" state that is once again "lax" in regulations when it comes to GREED! I keep associating these problems with fracking, but it seems that so long as we have investors to lace their pockets - to hell with the Earth - any resource is welcome regardless the cost!

Robert K (31)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 2:37 pm
Time to require every polluter to ameliorate their damage 100% and failure to do so should require seizure of all their assets and all the assets of their executives or at least do as they do with drug dealers, freeze their assets so that they can't hire competent representation and have to rely on public defenders.

Birgit W (160)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 2:52 pm
Human beings are the worst creatures on Earth. We destroy just everything.

Janet D (10)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 4:26 pm
Why can't they build water towers to hold and recycle their own water instead of using fresh water supplies and excreting it back into our water source? If they need to filter it, do so, but recycle it for their own use, not back into the drinking water.

paul m (93)
Monday May 6, 2013, 1:00 am

If you were causing pullution , you would be fined and arrested ,,,maybe jailed ?
So, why are some compaines allowed to get away with this ?

David C (131)
Monday May 6, 2013, 4:36 am
of course the way humanity is destroying the world, life may not be here in centuries to see it.....what happened to caring about others and the future.....

Justin M (2)
Monday May 6, 2013, 9:40 am

Glenville J Owen (0)
Monday May 6, 2013, 1:11 pm
For politicians to allow mining companies to destroy our planet for short term gain and leave the mess for future generations to clean up is a terrible, terrible crime and a big, big mistake.

Julie P (154)
Monday May 6, 2013, 2:35 pm
A posting on Take Part, which includes a link to a petition regarding water protection, directed at the EPA, included the following information:

"Pebble Mine, Bristol, Alaska. Estimated annual volume of polluted water: 13.8 billion gallons."

Julie P (154)
Monday May 6, 2013, 2:37 pm
I should have mentioned that the estimate is for the proposed Pebble Mine.

Michael M (60)
Monday May 6, 2013, 4:05 pm
Permitting is exactly allowing certain amounts of degradation and pollution, quantitatively.

If anyone remembers Rachel Carson's work, it comes down to this - small organisms like earthworms and other organisms living in the soil eat detritus (like leaves)concentrating toxins in their bodies, heavy metals included; birds eat them. etc. all the way to the largest organisms. Birds and other animals are travelers. humans cannot evade taking in these toxins when they eat.
After all on this Pacific coast, mercury and other toxins are measurable - their source is all the way from China, and the new Mongolian coal plants.

Pebble Mine will damage the wild salmonids, that we and bears eat.

When I helped study Siberian tribes, several had this warning:
it is wrong to dig in other earth. The most ancient knowledge is worthy of heed.

Michael M (60)
Monday May 6, 2013, 4:06 pm
that's Mother Earth sticky key!

Leann Wells Huber (0)
Monday May 6, 2013, 4:31 pm
Clean up pollution! Don't make more!

Barbara W (342)
Monday May 6, 2013, 5:35 pm
My what a web "We" weave when first "We" practice to deceive.

Robert O (12)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 11:18 am
Thanks Michael.

Muriel Servaege (53)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 1:00 pm
TY, Michael. Humans will never learn.

Winn A (179)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 1:50 pm
This is about money and greed. These companies care not one wit about the land or the humans that live there.

Colleen L (3)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 3:40 pm
I agree with other's that humans never learn. Maybe the government will come up with a way to make these big companies pay for their sins. Thanks Michael M.

Kathleen R (138)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 2:11 pm
read & noted

Sergio P (65)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 12:23 pm

Melania P (122)
Wednesday May 15, 2013, 2:00 pm
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