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UN launches guide to reducing exposure to mercury in mining

Organization estimates that between 12 and 15 million people currently working in the industry in over 70 countries

 
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Achim Steiner, UNEP director general
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Achim Steiner, UNEP director general

The program of the UN Environment Program (UNEP) has launched a practical guide to reduce mercury use in mining. The publication was distributed at international forum in the Uruguayan city of Punta del Este. The meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee covers the areas of products and processes such as supply, trade, storage and waste that contain the element. It is estimated that between 12 and 15 million people work in the industry in over 70 countries, which produce up to 20% of the global supply of gold.

UNEP intends to negotiate a global treaty to reduce mercury use. According to the body, status, often informal and illegal workers in the mining industry has been one of the biggest challenges in dealing with health and environmental issues.

The agency said the guide can serve as a tool for governments to support the formalization of mining.

The general director of UNEP, Achim Steiner, considers that the legal exploitation of mercury can become an opportunity to ensure the continuity of the activity on a small scale.

Source: Isaude.net
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