Techno-fixes have worked in part with the mining industry since its birth. LeCain brought up three types of techno-fixes that have been used in the mining setting (LeCain,138). Specifically in the Ducktown and Anaconda cases. Though the techno-fixes intention was to better the overall mining process, the combination of the fixes used eventually resulted in environmental problems (LeCain,139). The techno-fix that was used in the Ducktown case was a system that converted sulfur dioxide gas into sulfuric acid. This turned the once pollutant sulfur dioxide gas that had detrimental environmental effects into a profitable by-product. The sulfuric acid was sold to superphosphate fertilizer manufacturers. This was an example of transformational and relocation fixes. This fix seemed like a win win in the beginning but the fertilizers that were being manufactured also came with environmental downfalls. The fertilizers would compromise runoff and eventually would take over lakes and ponds in the form of fertilizer-red algae.This had detrimental effects on the aquatic life of large bodies of water in the area.
The majority of mining projects that have triggered an effect on the environment have already occurred, but their effects will be lasting. The results of poor mining practices have caused loads of problems worldwide. I think that as a growing society we need need copper and other minerals to continue to progress as a people and to develop new technologies. Copper is a large part of our technological world. I think that instead of mining for copper, companies should further there search for copper into abandoned technological products and re-use the copper that is sitting in old cellphones and televisions. To conclude, I do think we need copper and other minerals but we need to change the way we go about getting them.