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    The Mercury Threat Posed by Mining in Guyana

    By Keith R | July 23, 2007

    Topics: Environmental Protection, Extractive Sectors, Hazardous Substances | No Comments »

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    Not long ago I discussed the various environmental and health challenges posed by gold mining in Guyana in the context of a Harvard study on the issue.

    Now comes word of a new study presented last week at workshop in Guyana co-sponsored by the Institute of Applied Science and Technology (IAST) and WWF on “Mercury Impact Assessment on Gold Mining Activities.” The study found that three mining communities examined had mercury contamination levels higher than those recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), yet did not understand the health risks posed by mercury.

    For the full details, check out the article on the study in the Stabroek News.

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