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Nevada Makes a “Good Neighbor” Move for Idaho

March 13, 2008

Boise, ID – The winds of change blowing in Idaho are bringing fresh air this week. The State of Nevada has shut down a gold mine near Elko which Idaho has long documented as the biggest source of mercury pollution in the Gem State. Justin Hayes with the Idaho Conservation League says this means an immediate and dramatic reduction in the amount of the neurotoxin blowing across the state line.

"This problem has been going on for the last 20 years, and it's taken a tremendous amount of legal pressure to get the State of Nevada to take these actions."

Hayes says it's been amazing that a mine in another state has been allowed to let dangerous pollution drift into Idaho as long as it has.

"This mercury pollution settles out over Idaho and has been responsible for contaminating Idaho fisheries and endangering the health of Idaho's children."

The Jerritt Canyon mine can reopen if it installs state-approved mercury pollution control equipment, and with gold prices at record highs, it's expected the company will upgrade its technology. More information is available online at

Deborah Smith/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - ID