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These 46 papers drawn from the February 2001 symposium of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society address pivotal issues related to environmental politics and cyanide spills, analysis and control, cyanide management, and less toxic alternatives to cyanide as a reagent in gold production. Young (metallurgical and materials engineering, Montana Tech of the U. of Montana, Butte) overviews the facts about cyanide from its 18th century popularity as Prussian Blue pigment to its toxicity in the most regulated hazardous waste class, natural and human-made sources, manufacturing, markets, process and economic factors, and alternatives. A panel discussion moderated by co-editor C. Anderson (U. of Montana) entitled "Cyanide: Where to Go From Here?" is available separately.
These proceedings are collection of papers from the 2001 TMS Annual Meeting held in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 11-15, 2001. They focus on five major issues concerning cyanide: production and uses, processing practices and innovations, recovery and destruction, fundamentals, and alternatives. Specific topics include the cyanide cycle, natural and synthetic sources, precious metal leaching, alternative industrial uses, non-industrial uses, chemistry, thermodynamics, spent potliners, detection, and analysis. In addition, this volume include papers on politics and spills, as well as a subsequent section about the environmental movement that has targeted the use of cyanide in the mining industry. A recap of the panel discussion that occurred during the symposium will be available in the November 2001 issue of the Journal of Metals (JOM).