Tagged with Mining

OSHA’s Final Rule to Protect Workers from Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica

US Dept. of Labor https://www.osha.gov/silica/ Rule requires engineering controls to keep workers from breathing silica dust The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America’s workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The rule is comprised … Continue reading

Emerging Workforce Trends in the U.S. Energy and Mining Industries: A Call to Action

National Research Council http://bit.ly/1KTyv4Hhttp://bit.ly/1KTyv4H Energy and mineral resources are essential for the nation’s fundamental functions, its economy, and security. Nonfuel minerals are essential for the existence and operations of products that are used by people every day and are provided by various sectors of the mining industry. Energy in the United States is provided from … Continue reading

Global Demand for Gold is Another Threat for Tropical Forests

Environmental Research Letters (2014, v10 n1; doi:10.1088/1748-9326/10/1/014006) / by Nora L Alvarez-Berríos and T Mitchell Aide http://iopscience.iop.org/1748-9326/10/1/014006/article The current global gold rush, driven by increasing consumption in developing countries and uncertainty in financial markets, is an increasing threat for tropical ecosystems. Gold mining causes significant alteration to the environment, yet mining is often overlooked in … Continue reading

The Greenland Gold Rush: Promise and Pitfalls of Greenland’s Energy and Mineral Resources

Brookings Institution / by  Tim Boersma and Kevin Foley http://bit.ly/1v0PCYA As the Arctic ice continues to melt due to global warming, Greenland’s mineral and energy resources – including iron ore, lead, zinc, diamonds, gold, rare earth elements, uranium and oil – are becoming more accessible. The political establishment in Greenland has made natural resource extraction … Continue reading

Scorecard: Conserving the Greater Sage Grouse

Scoring the BLM Resource Management Plan for Lander, Wyo., August 2014 Center for Biological Diversity | American Bird Conservancy | Wild Earth Guardians | Advocates for the West | Western Watersheds Project | Wild Utah Project http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/species/birds/pdfs/Lander_Sage_grouse.pdf [From Press Release] Six conservation organizations today released a detailed scorecard for grading the Obama administration on following … Continue reading

Leasing Coal, Fueling Climate Change: How the Federal Coal Leasing Program Undermines President Obama’s Climate Plan

Greenpeace http://bit.ly/1pmFQwy [From Executive Summary] …This report focuses on the carbon pollution that has been unlocked by the federal coal leasing program during the Obama administration, and calculates the damages expected from those emissions, using the federal government’s social cost of carbon figures as suggested by the federal court ruling. Without major changes, the federal … Continue reading

Mountaintop Removal for Mining Harmful to both Fish and Water Quality: USGS Study

Temporal Changes in Taxonomic and Functional Diversity of Fish Assemblages Downstream from Mountaintop Mining Freshwater Biology (2014) / by Nathaniel P. Hitt and Douglas B. Chambers http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/676997 [Washington Post] In West Virginia’s Appalachian mountains, fish are vanishing. The number of species has fallen, the populations of those that remain are down, and some individual fish … Continue reading

An Assessment of Potential Mining Impacts on Salmon Ecosystems of Bristol Bay, Alaska: Executive Summary

US EPA http://www2.epa.gov/bristolbay [From the Report] …This is not an in-depth assessment of a specific mine, but rather an examination of potential impacts of reasonably foreseeable mining activities in the Bristol Bay region, given the nature of the watershed’s mineral deposits and the requirements for successful mine development. The potential for significant effects on Alaska Native cultures is much greater from mine failures that reduced … Continue reading