RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The growth of unlawful mining in Brazil over the previous two years has triggered a flood of mercury into Amazon waters. An estimated 100 tons of neurotoxic steel was used to illegally mine gold within the area in 2019 and 2020, in accordance with estimates based mostly on an official survey.
This gold was exported from Brazil to international locations similar to Canada, the UK, and Switzerland.
In an investigation ready in collaboration with the Federal College of Minas Gerais, the Federal Ministry of Public Affairs (MPF) found a amount of 49 tons of laundered gold (illegally obtained . . .