EPA Proposes Mercury Cuts From Gold Production

Law360, New York (April 19, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new air quality standards that would cut mercury emissions from gold ore processing and production facilities by more than 70 percent.

Such mercury emissions were already reduced from 11.5 tons a year in 1999 to 2.5 tons a year in 2007 thanks to a combination of voluntary and regulatory programs in the state of Nevada, where most gold ore processing and production facilities are located, the EPA said Friday.

But under the new standards, which will be subject to...
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