More on shutting down Nevada mine that released massive amounts of mercury into Idaho

Mercury-emitting mine in Nevada shuts down. “The owner of the mine just reported big losses. The operation sent tons of the toxic metal into Idaho’s air before a Boise activist pushed officials into cracking down.” By Rocky Barker. Idaho Statesman.


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  1. Monty Avatar

    OK the mine is shut down but are there “cleanup” obligations that must be met? Did the mining company post a bond? Or is this just another “cut & run” leaving the cleanup bill to the public?

  2. Ralph Maughan Avatar

    Monty,

    I don’t know, but the mercury does not evaporate from the dump or the mine as far as I know. It comes from the processing facility. So the mercury emissions should have stopped.

    If I am wrong, someone who knows please correct me.

  3. matt bullard Avatar
    matt bullard

    As long as they are not roasting ore, there will be no additional atmospheric mercury released from the site. I’m not sure about the cleanup of the site itself. I thought I read that the company was trying to shop around not only the processing facility but the mine itself, but my memory is foggy on that one.

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