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Posted by: Elizabeth Newman on Mar 2, 2017

Mapping Mine Waste Impoundments in the Western U.S.

Mapping Mine Waste Impoundments in the Western U.S.

In the Fall 2016 issue of Rural Connections, Pierce Greenberg, Washington State University, maps mine waste impoundments in the western U.S. Greenberg writes, "Mining companies operate more than 200 mine wast impoundments in 52 counties across the West. This count only includes active impoundments related to metal and coal mining that are large enough to all under the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration's regulation." She goes on to write that many of these communities are proud of their resource extractive legacies, so as community leaders and others look at ways to increase local economic development, it's important to understand the community's "social dynamics that may impact risk perceptions of mine waste." 

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Click here to read the Fall 2016 issue of Rural Connections
 

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