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Here is a new document from the US EPA on treating mine-affected waters.  Free to download at this link and worth so doing. The document is titled:  Reference Guide to Treatment Technologies for Mining-Influenced Water (EPA 505-F-12-001). (more…)

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The EPA’s decision about the prudence of developing the Pebble Mine or any other mine in the area of Bristol Bay is in–see this link. This blog (I/me) has been a consistent critic of the idea of developing the Pebble Mine.  In short, I cannot see how a mine could be developed in such an environment without unacceptable impact. (more…)

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Just available at this link is the PowerPoint presentation made by Andy Robertson at last week’s conference in Lima, Peru on Mine Water Solution in Extreme Environments. As always, it is fascinating & provocative and informed by his deep understanding of the topic and his international experience looking at mines & tailings dams worldwide.  (more…)

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The report by the peer review group brought together to review  the EPA report on Bristol Bay and the potential impacts thereon from the Pebble Mine (or other mines that may be developed in the area) is out.  (more…)

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More “expert” comments from the EPA Bristol Bay Peer Reviewers as culled from recent news reports.  None are particularly insightful or grammatical.  One even uses near-profanity: hogwash.  Now that is a nice term, more common in Iowa than Alaska.  Certainly, it is more acceptable in polite circles than the equivalent from Montana or other beef-producing places.  Or even from urban areas plagued by increasing populations and decreasing funds to deal with the ultimate human wastes.  (more…)

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As I predicted and feared, the peer review panel opining on the EPA report on the Pebble Mine, turned out to be a group of cowards and academic ineptitudes.  They took refuge in statements of “not enough.”  They were unable to go beyond platitudes.  Here are some of their vacuous statements–I focus on the reported statement by Dirk Van Zyl who is a nice guy who always seeks the path of compromise: (more…)

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I must return to the topic of the Pebble Mine.  What is happening there is so extreme and contentious that it is setting the pinnacle (and possible the standard) for debate about opening new mines in sensitive places.  (more…)

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The draft report by the EPA on potential mining impacts on Bristol Bay by the Pebble Mine or any of the other seven potential mines in that part of Alaska is published.  Here is a link to one report thereon—there are hundreds of news items, so maybe look for others as well if the topic interests you. (more…)

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Background:  In response to requests, the U.S. EPA has undertaken to review the Pebble Mine.  They are apparently acting  in terms of the Clean Water Act, although many dispute their authority to do so.   The review is taking place before any formal submittals have been made by Anglo America, and many claim that Anglo should at least be granted due process. (more…)

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Two news items today from the world of mining emphasize the cost of mining.  The first is that Jacobs has received contracts from the oil sands mines of Alberta worth more than $1.5 billion in the preceding quarter.  The second is that Hecla Mining has just settled with the EPA for $77 million to cleanup the Bunker Hill Superfund site in the Coeur d’Alene Basin in Idaho. (more…)

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