November 20, 2013 Mining
Mining is an essential component of Maine's economy. Our roads and buildings are built from materials dug from the earth. Other materials required for manufacturing can only be procured through mining, including metals, gems and other minerals. The mining process provides jobs, inputs for manufacturing and construction and generates export earning for the state.
Mining can also create significant environmental and health challenges. Workers may be exposed to hazardous conditions, neighbors may have their homes rattled by blasting, roads ruined by heavy vehicles, and water quality damaged by toxic leaching from slag piles unearthed and discarded. How can we satisfy our need for mined-materials without causing long-lasting environmental degradation?
Join our dialogue about making Maine a healthy place to live.
For a copy of the proposed rules, please use the following link: http://www.maine.gov/dep/rules/#605229
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