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The Health Effects of Mineral Dusts

By
Malcolm Ross
Malcolm Ross
U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 954, Reston, VA 20192
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Published:
January 01, 1997

Abstract

As a consequence of environmental and health consciousness that began in the 1970s and continues unabated to this day, several common minerals have become suspect as agents of cancer and other diseases. Many mine dumps have been placed on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Superfund list for future cleanup, because some of the minerals contained in these dumps are assumed to be hazardous to human health. Better environmental controls were certainly needed in many of our basic mining, smelting, steel, and chemical industries, and much progress has been made in recent years in reducing industrial emissions. However, some of the newly instituted (and excessively restrictive in the view of many) regulatory controls are the result of an extreme overreaction to perceived health risks that are in fact insignificant or nonexistent.

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The Environmental Geochemistry of Mineral Deposits: Part A: Processes, Techniques, and Health Issues Part B: Case Studies and Research Topics

G.S. Plumlee
G.S. Plumlee
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M.J. Logsdon
M.J. Logsdon
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L.F. Filipek
L.F. Filipek
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Society of Economic Geologists
Volume
6
ISBN electronic:
9781629490137
Publication date:
January 01, 1997

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