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Mercury Emissions at a Nevada Mine

Impact of Metal Mining on Air Quality

Every stage of the mining process, including the ore extraction, generation of solid waste, and ore refining and processing, creates air pollution that has environmental and public health impacts.

Waste Pit Vernal H2S

Waste Management Infrastructure

Storing, treating, and disposing of so much waste requires a variety of equipment and facilities, all of which can pose risks to the environment, health, and property.

Waste Pit Vernal H2S Warning

Waste Pits and Impoundments

Both liquid and solid wastes are stored at well sites in reserve or storage pits. Liquid wastes (as well as freshwater reserves for fracturing) may also be stored in giant impoundments that can hold millions of gallons.