The Virginia Department of Energy (formerly known as the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy) announces the gold mining study work groups.

December 10 is the deadline to submit your name for consideration to be on the Department of Energy’s workgroup. The website to do that is here: https://energy.virginia.gov/mineral-mining/GoldMiningStudy.shtml  Scroll to the bottom of the article.
December 15, 1-4 pm, is the first meeting of the NASEM committee (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine) studying the impacts of gold mining. Visit their website, which includes a link to register for the meeting, here: https://www.nationalacademies.org/our-work/potential-impacts-of-gold-mining-in-virginia#sectionCommittee

HB2213… “provides that the work group shall evaluate the impacts of gold mining on public health, safety, and welfare; evaluate whether existing air and water quality regulations are sufficient to protect air and water quality from the mining and processing of gold, including evaluation of the impacts of different leaching and tailings management techniques on downstream communities; evaluate whether existing bonding, reclamation, closure, and long-term monitoring of sites for such mining or processing are sufficient; and report its findings to the General Assembly by December 1, 2022.”

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