- Clara Zeinfeld
- Indialantic, FL
- United States
Why NO Eradication of MERCURY and CYANIDE?
In researching natural resources, in particular gold and silver, I have come across some very horrific facts about the mining process that I wasn't aware of.
For instance, research has identified 41 economies which currently or in recent decades have relied significantly on mining. Many of these are developing countries with high poverty levels. There are millions of miners who unintentionally and in many cases unknowingly are creating a devastating destruction to our environment and health because of the use of Cyanide and Mercury. The damage to human life, water supplies and air pollution seems almost if not totally irreparable. Although it is most prevalent in 3rd world countries, it is not solely contained to them.
I have read where a few organizations and governments are aware of the problem or actually have been made aware of it only after an environmental disaster or crisis occurs - but other than fines and "slaps on the hands" of the perpetrators, these issues are swept under the rug.
Why hasn't an alternative to these very harmful chemicals not been introduced or adopted so that these miners who know only this as a way of life may continue to do this in a safe, healthy and environmentally friendly way that will benefit not only them, but the rest of the world?