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For centuries, denuded landscapes, fouled streams and dirty air were accepted by society as part of the price that had to be paid for mineral production. Even initial environmental legislation devised by industrialized countries in the 1960s and 1970s was largely designed without mining in mind. And developing countries had little in the way of environmental policy. With the advent of sustainability in the 1990s, times have changed. Today's economic development, many now feel, must not come at the expense of an environmentally degraded future. Current policies toward mining are under rigorous review, and mineral-rich developing countries are designing environmental policies where non existed before. The mining industry is more concerned than it was even five or ten years ago about the possible effects of environmental policy on its activities. In "Mining and the Environment", noted analysts offer viewpoints from Australia, Chile, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Community on issues and challenges this new concern has raised for metal mining. Their appraisals, prepared originally for the John M. Olin Distinguished Lectureship Series in Mineral Economics at the Colorado School of Mines, are accessible to readers with no more than general familiarity with economics, environmental policy, and the mineral industries. Topics examined include the appropriateness of using a benefit-cost framework for comparing alternative uses of land, the appropriateness of the notion that those who pollute the environment and benefit economically should pay for cleaning up mine wastes, the challenges involved in formulating national environmental policies in the development world, the European effort to elaborate supranational policies toward the environment, and the potential of technological innovation to offer an escape from the presumed trade-off between economic growth and environmental quality. "Mining and the Environment" should be of interest not only to environmental economists, mineral economists, public policy analysts and mining industry executives, but also to students and others wanting an introduction to many of the important policy issues in the area of mining and the environment.
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Preface Mining and the Environment Roderick G. Eggert Land Access for Mineral Development in Australia Anthony Cox Mining Waste and the Polluter-Pays Principle in the United States John E. Tilton Developing National Policies in Chile Gustavo E. Lagos Experimenting with Supranational Policies in Europe David Humphreys The Limitations of Environmental Regulation in Mining Alyson Warhurst

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