January 01, 2013

Environmental Mitigation in Mining: Unique Challenges and Opportunities

Gregory S. Braker, Thomas M. Lingan, and Justin W. Curtis

Big mining projects offer big opportunities. Rather than being viewed as a threat to the environment, mining projects (which must occur where the ore is found) offer many options for environmental enhancements. Existing mitigation approaches can miss that chance, even though there is sufficient discretion and flexibility in the applicable law to get good results for the ecosystem, both in terms of watershed and habitat.

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