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Guyana urges gold miners to restrict mercury use

Guyana urges gold miners to restrict mercury use

Guyana is urging gold miners to restrict their use of mercury, which is dangerous to human health and the environment.
Guyanese Prime Minister Samuel Hinds says concern about the toxin is growing as high gold prices draw more people into small-scale mining.
He said Tuesday that environmentalists are pressuring governments to curb the use of mercury, which ravages the nervous system of miners and moves up the food chain into fish after entering waterways. Mercury is used by miners around the world to separate gold from the ore.
Miners association spokesman Tony Shields says the industry will look at other methods including the "shaking table," which spins ore through a filter to recover the gold.


Updated : 2021-03-02 14:04 GMT+08:00