Industrial minerals and the environment: A review of international market trends

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 89, No. 999, 1996

Robert D. Irvine, Policy Analysis and Coordination Division, Mineral and Metal Policy Branch, Minerals and Metals Sector, Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

Enhanced concern for protection of the environment and attendant actions by environmental regulatory authorities in support of this concern are influencing, to varying degrees, the demand and supply of a range of industrial minerals in a number of jurisdictions. These influences take a variety of forms. In this paper, the author seeks to delineate certain broad trends which are occurring relative to industrial minerals and the environment and then, through a series of examples, to outline opportunities, developments, and impacts respecting a number of industrial minerals produced and consumed in Canada and the United States.
Mots Clés: Industrial minerals, Environment, Market trends.