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Wealth of Nations : Polluting the Future: How mining companies are contaminating our nation’s waters in perpetuity.

EARTHWORKS, EARTHWORKS, 2013년 발간

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Environmental Polluting the Future 없음 Recommand Global

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요약

Water is a scarce and precious asset, particularly in the western United States where the demand for

freshwater is far out-pacing the supply. In order to access clean water, western states are proposing

extraordinary investments, ranging from plans to spend $15 billion to transport water across the state

of Nevada, to ideas for a pipeline from the Missouri River to Denver to offset the loss of water from the

Colorado River, which in turn is struggling to provide water to seven states.1

In the midst of declining fresh water supplies, an increasing number of hard rock mining companies

are generating water pollution that will last for hundreds or thousands of years and new projects are

on the horizon. Perpetual management of mines is a rapidly escalating national dilemma.

Our research shows, for the first time, the staggering amount of our nation’s water supplies that are

perpetually polluted by mining.

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Executive Summary ........................................................................................................................ 4

Methods ............................................................................................................................................ 6

Results ................................................................................................................................................ 7

Policy Recommendations .............................................................................................................. 8

Table 1: Existing mines known to generate perpetual water pollution .................................... 12

Table 2. Existing mines likely to generate perpetual water pollution ........................................ 21

Table 3. Proposed mines predicted to generate perpetual pollution, or at high risk of

              perpetual pollution. .......................................................................................................... 24

References ....................................................................................................................................... 25 

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