Justin Hayes is the program director for the Idaho Conservation League and talks about his efforts to reduce mercury emissions from the Nevada gold mines.
"For many years, Idaho was down wind from the largest concentration of mercury emitting sources in the entire world."
"This gold mining industry just off our southern border in Nevada for many years was putting out over 20,000 pounds of mercury. That’s the equivalent of about 140 coal-fired power plants of mercury stacked on our southern border chugging away and we didn’t even know about it."
Watch a 6 minute interview with Justin Hayes, program director for the Idaho Conservation League, on mercury contamination from northern Nevada's gold mines.