International Cooperation

Manual for the Construction of a Mercury Capture System for Use in Gold Shops

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.)

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