MAC: Mines and Communities

US Updates: January 2006

Published by MAC on 2006-01-15

US Updates: January 2006

23rd January 2006


The US Toxic Release Investory (TRI) has long been a prime tool used by communities, and campaigners, to spotlight the impacts which specific plants have on domestic air, water and soil quality. Consistently, mining and minerals processing companies have featured among the worst offenders.

Now, the Bush regime is about to drastically limit the TRI. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will report every two years, instead of annually. But worse - it will raise the emissions threshold tenfold for certain chemicals - notably mercury from coal-fired power plants.

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