Socio-technical assessment of mercury and gold losses in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) operations in Colombia, A
In Colombia, the artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) sector represents about 70% of the mining activities, and approximately 80% of Colombia’s gold comes from this sector. In addition, the ASGM sector in Colombia releases about 90 tons of mercury per year. Although the Colombian government banned mercury in 2018 and has implemented a number of programs aimed at eliminating mercury from ASGM mineral processing systems, mercury use continues to be widespread. A number of scholars have emphasized that in order for miners to stop using mercury, any new technology must be at least or more ...
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