Press Release – Guyana Needs to Get Serious about Mercury

Release Date: June 5, 2018

The document discusses the serious health and environmental risks posed by mercury use in Guyana’s gold mining industry. It criticizes the lack of a systematic response to mercury-related health issues among Gold Board workers and the general complacency towards the dangers of mercury exposure. The text calls for comprehensive measures to eradicate mercury use, linking industry incentives to reduced mercury levels, and urges the implementation of a clear timetable for mercury eradication, monitored by regulatory agencies. The document highlights the need for a sustained campaign to address mercury eradication at the levels of law, policy, and practice, emphasizing the importance of protecting communities and the environment.
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