To reduce airborne mercury emissions from these Gold Shops, EPA and the Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) have partnered to design a low cost, easily constructible technology called the Gold Shop Mercury Capture System (MCS). The MCS was piloted and tested in Amazonian gold producing regions in Brazil and Peru.
Below, download a manual for the construction of a mercury capture system for use in gold shops with detailed information for constructing a device to capture mercury aerosol particles emitted from gold shops that process gold dore’, a gold-mercury amalgam. (Following the construction guidelines in this manual, 80% or more of the mercury emitted will be captured.)You will need Adobe Reader to view some of the files on this page. See EPA’s About PDF page to learn more.
- MSC Construction Manual (PDF)(31 pp, 1 MB)