Califorina Imposing First Statewide Rules for Winery Wastewater

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Califorina's Wine Industry is a $74bn business, including 3,600 wineries which produce 2-8 gallons of wastewater for every gallon of wine, with the largest wineries producing up to 500,000gpd. Winery wastewater is considered "high-strength" due to high biological oxygen demand (BOD) and suspended solids that can include reuse, fats, oils,... Read more »

2nd Largest Metals Mine in World Vetoed Due to Clean Water Act

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Alaska's Pebble Mine project was vetoed under section 404(c) of the federal Clean Water Act. Construction of the mine would have cost $4.7 billion. Reserve estimates place Pebble as the largest undeveloped copper mine in the world, and also including very large gold and molybdenum deposits. The ruling was a... Read more »

Development of One of the World’s Largest Gold Mines Halted Due to Wastewater Disposal Risks

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Environmental approval for the biggest open-pit mining project in Latin America is being continually delayed due to environmental concerns about the difficulty of wastewater disposal and tailings dam safety.  These concerns are heightened due to multiple dam-breaks and flooding events in nearby Amazonian mines, including BHP’s 2019 Brumandinho failure which... Read more »