Today the intentional use of mercury in artisanal gold mining is the largest in the world, with 1500 tons per year used and released into the environment. Globally, the number of gold miners is estimated at 16 million, producing around 400 tons of gold every year in more than 70 countries.
This webinar will address solutions to the problems of environmental liabilities, especially for mining companies that have to live with illegal miners in their areas.
Key learnings of the webinar:
- What is the need for monitoring mercury in artisanal mining towns and operations
- How does mercury impact health and environment
- What are the main problems of artisanal gold mining and how to deal with them
- How to monitor air emissions of mercury and how to analyze biological samples such as hair, urine, and fish
During the last 40 years, Dr. Marcello Veiga has been working as a metallurgical engineer and environmental geochemist for mining and consulting companies around the world. Since 1997, he has been a full professor at the Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada.
Dr. Veiga has more than 300 articles published internationally, 32 Master's dissertations and Doctoral thesis focused on gold-mining and mercury problems.