impact of mining on the environment
Feb 01, 2019 Before the first Mining Law was approved in 1946, no documented regulation for mineral extraction, processing and reclamation were available. The 1946 Act which included environmental protection in the regulation of mining activities still failed to protect the environment from the negative impacts of mining. Western mining wrought havoc on the local environment.Rock dust from drilling was often dumped into river beds, forming silt deposits downstream that flooded towns and farmlands. Miners and farmers were often at loggerheads over the effects of one enterprise on the other.