UN: Better protections needed from mine water disasters

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UN: Better protections needed from mine water disasters

This aerial photo from Aug. 11, 2015 shows mine wastewater streaming out of the Gold King Mine near Silverton. The UN environment program says a string of mining waste disasters over the past decade show better protections are needed for communities downstream of massive polluted material storage sites.
In this Oct. 13, 2016, photo, a cow skull is wired to a fence post in front of a hamlet destroyed by a mudslide triggered by the Nov. 5, 2015, failing of a dam holding back a giant pond of mine waste in Paracatu, Brazil. The UN environment program says a string of mining waste disasters – some deadly – over the past decade show better protections are needed for communities downstream of massive polluted material storage sites.
In this Aug. 6, 2015, photo, Dan Bender, with the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office, takes a water sample from the Animas River near Durango. The UN environment program says a string of mining waste disasters over the past decade show better protections are needed for communities downstream of massive polluted material storage sites.

UN: Better protections needed from mine water disasters

This aerial photo from Aug. 11, 2015 shows mine wastewater streaming out of the Gold King Mine near Silverton. The UN environment program says a string of mining waste disasters over the past decade show better protections are needed for communities downstream of massive polluted material storage sites.
In this Oct. 13, 2016, photo, a cow skull is wired to a fence post in front of a hamlet destroyed by a mudslide triggered by the Nov. 5, 2015, failing of a dam holding back a giant pond of mine waste in Paracatu, Brazil. The UN environment program says a string of mining waste disasters – some deadly – over the past decade show better protections are needed for communities downstream of massive polluted material storage sites.
In this Aug. 6, 2015, photo, Dan Bender, with the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office, takes a water sample from the Animas River near Durango. The UN environment program says a string of mining waste disasters over the past decade show better protections are needed for communities downstream of massive polluted material storage sites.
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