Resources for Information on Environmental Pollution
www.epa.gov The website for the national Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The site contains a wealth of information, including publications on mining waste management in Indian country and a free computer DVD which is an introduction to hard rock mining and its many realities.
A CD-ROM disc is available from the EPA with lots of information about hard rock miningfree:
www.azdeq.gov The website for Arizona's Department for Environmental Quality (ADEQ), which was formed in 1987. The site has information on environmental issues as well as public notifications of facilities coming up for permits, so that citizens can file for a public hearing to express their concerns.
Arizona Department of Mines & Mineral Resources (ADMMR) is a non-regulatory State agency that aids in the promotion and development of Arizona's mineral resources. This is accomplished through technical research, field investigations, disseminating information through publications and personal contacts, and by maintaining the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum.
www.ewg.org Environmental Working Group has been investigating environmental issues since 1993. Their team of scientists, engineers, policy experts, lawyers and computer programmers pores over government data, legal documents, scientific studies and perform laboratory tests to expose threats to public health and the environment, and to find solutions. They have provided excellent information and data on mining in the West, entitled "Who Owns the West?"
www.rtknet.org The Right-to-Know Network provides free access to numerous databases and resources on the environment. With the information available on RTK NET, you can identify specific factories and their environmental effects; find permits issued under environmental statutes; and identify civil cases filed. It was established in order to empower citizen involvement in community and government decision-making.
www.earthworksaction.org EARTHWORKS is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the destructive impacts of mineral development, in the U.S. and worldwide. We fulfill our mission by working with communities and grassroots groups to reform government policies, improve corporate practices, influence investment decisions and encourage responsible materials sourcing and consumption.
www.biologicaldiversity.org "The Center for Biological Diversity works to bring a halt to environmentally destructive mining and oil and gas drilling practices on public lands in the West. BAD HABITS = For more than a century, irresponsible mining and oil drilling practices have taken a serious toll on the environment, ecosystems and animals, and human healthand continue to do so. The hardrock mining industry releases more toxics than any other industry in the U.S., including mercury, arsenic, lead, and cyanide. Water pollution caused by acid mine drainage, which leaches toxic heavy metals like lead, copper and zinc from rocks. . ."