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:: EC Rejects Proposed Cyanide Ban

The European Commission has rejected a proposed Europe-wide ban on cyanide use in mining activity. The decision has been welcomed by the mining industry.

A statement by Janez Potocnik European Commissioner for the Environment said that, following indepth analysis, "the Commission considers that a general ban of cyanide in mining activities is not justified from environmental and health point of views".

Mr Potocnik added that a general ban on cyanide use would result in the closure of existing mines operating in safe conditions, and would have a detrimental effect on employment.

The rejection of the ban has been welcomed by industry representatives, including EMED Mining Public Ltd, which was involved in a committee formed to advise the commission by the European Association of Mining Industries.




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