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Forum: Mining’s Toxic Legacy

April 1, 2009 by  
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From the Sierra Business Council…..

The Institute for Sustainability at Sierra College Tahoe-Truckee, in partnership with Sierra Business Council and The Sierra Fund, will host Mining’s Toxic Legacy: An Initiative to Address Mining Toxins in the Sierra Nevada, on Friday April 10, from 5-8 pm at Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee Campus, 11001 College Trail.

The widespread distribution of toxins associated with the Gold Rush, including mercury, arsenic and asbestos, constitutes the oldest and longest neglected environmental problem in the State of California. In March 2008 The Sierra Fund published a Mining’s Toxic Legacy report, the first comprehensive evaluation of what happened during the Gold Rush including: the cultural, health and environmental impacts; the obstacles to addressing these impacts; and a strategic plan for taking action on this vast issue. Mike Thornton, the Sierra Fund’s Mining Project Community Organizer, and others will present a slide show and presentation on the effects of mining in the Sierra. This will be followed by a reception and informal remarks.

Speakers will include:

Mike Thornton, The Sierra Fund, Mining Project Community Organizer
Elizibeth Martin, The Sierra Fund, CEO
Dr. Carrie Monohan, The Sierra Fund, Science Director
Michael Benn Ortiz, Tsi-Akim Maidu Tribal Spokesperson
Steve Frisch, Sierra Business Council

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