UN says better protections needed from mine water disasters - ABC FOX Montana Local News, Weather, Sports KTMF | KWYB

UN says better protections needed from mine water disasters

Posted: Updated:

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The UN environment program says a string of mining waste disasters - some deadly - over the past decade show better protections are needed for communities downstream of massive polluted material storage sites.

A UNEP report released this week tallies 40 significant mining accidents in the past decade. Most involved dams or other pollution storage areas that failed.

Among them were a 2015 dam collapse at a Brazilian iron-ore mine that killed 19 people and the Gold King Mine disaster in the U.S. that spilled pollution into rivers in three Western states.

The report says the accident rate has fallen, but the consequences are growing more serious as waste impoundments get larger.

There are an estimated 30,000 industrial mines worldwide and many more abandoned mines that continue to spew pollution.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by Frankly

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.