More Cyanide Uncertainties: Lessons from the Baia Mare, Romania Spill-Water Quality and Politics

Robert Moran, Mineral Policy Center

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This paper describes the risks associated with the use of cyanide in modern mining and asserts that governments and mining companies have not adequately addressed this growing environmental problem. The paper provides recommendations that should be followed at mines in order to provide more environmental protection. A cyanide leach mining spill at the Baia Mare mining operation in Romania is used as a case study for improvements that need to be considered. The paper also states that a report by the United Nations Environment Programme does not go far enough in providing adequate protection from cyanide spills.

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Subject: Environmental Science:Mineral Resources:Mining, Environmental Science:Waste:Toxic and Hazardous Wastes:Metals, Environmental Science:Policy:Environmental Decision-Making, Environmental Science:Waste:Toxic and Hazardous Wastes, Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity:Point Source Pollution
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Theme: Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Minerals, Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:Public Policy, Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Water, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Environmental Science