MAC: Mines and Communities

US update

Published by MAC on 2007-04-21

US update

21st April 2007

It's now nearly two years since WR Grace, and seven of its senior employees, were indicted for knowingly endangering employees by explosing them to asbestos during vermiculite mining. The accused still haven't come to court. Meanwhile. research shows that even more workers have fallen victim to the fatal asbestos-related diseases.

While some NGOs continue discussing the "best" ways to limit greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants, two NGOs have done with the talking - and resorted to imaginative action against big investment banks which continue to back a "carbon-dependent" future.

More than US$27 billion of taxpayers' money has been allocated to determining how uranium gets into groundwater and how to clean it up. That's fair enough, perhaps - except that mining companies (such as Rio Tinto) are shelling out more even money to dig up more of the yellow stuff.

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