Baia Mare

Economical Impacts

The longer-term economic implications of the spill and other polluting activities in the region need to be assessed. Maramures County, rich in mining and related industries, is of key economic importance to Romania. But it can create environmental problems downstream in areas dependent on the environment for fishing, tourism, agriculture and other economic activities. Many workers and businesses in the area are concerned about a loss of markets, as the image of products from the region has greatly suffered as a result of the spill (for example, consumer fear of contaminated food).


Moreover, there is a need for intensive and ongoing dialogue between members of the mining industry and governments to come to more secure and safe management practices in mining. This is especially so among those industries dealing with reservoirs containing hazardous and highly toxic substances such as cyanide.