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    Mining Runoff May be Treated with Microbesi
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    March 18, 2016 11:03 PM
    Water used in mining cannot be diverted to irrigation until it is purged of toxic metals, such as lead or chromium, which is a costly process. But simple microbes can turn the metals' atoms from a toxic to a non-toxic form, transforming the runoff into water that is safe for plants. VOA's George Putic reports.

    Mining Runoff May be Treated with Microbes

    Published March 18, 2016

    Water used in mining cannot be diverted to irrigation until it is purged of toxic metals, such as lead or chromium, which is a costly process. But simple microbes can turn the metals' atoms from a toxic to a non-toxic form, transforming the runoff into water that is safe for plants. VOA's George Putic reports.


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