El Salvador - first country to ban all metal mining
Posted on:31 Mar 2017 10:01:47
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31 March 2017 Current Affairs: El Salvador, Central America’s smallest nation, has become the first country in the world to ban metals mining nationwide following a long-running dispute with a Canadian-Australian company over an environmentally questioned gold project.
The bill was passed by 69 votes.
Robin Broad, a professor of development at the American University in Washington and supporter of the ban, said only 43 ballots were needed for it to pass.
The law also bans the use of toxic cyanide and mercury for mining.
More than 90% of El Salvador’s surface waters are estimated to be polluted by toxic chemicals, heavy metals and waste matter.
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