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Dear EarthTalk: Most gold mining operations use cyanide to extract gold from surrounding rock. What are the environmental implications of this, and are there alternatives? — J. Pelton, via e-mail

JVS To Hold Fifth Annual Creative Maturity Expo

WEST ORANGE – If you are a Baby Boomer, then the fifth annual JVS Creative Maturity Expo is tailored for you. The expo is a program with the motto “Redefining Life’s Potential – Refinement not Retirement.” Join in the day’s activities on Sunday, Nov. 6th at the JCC MetroWest, 760 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Dear EarthTalk: Why don’t more states mandate deposits on beverage bottles as incentives for people to return them? Most bottles I’ve seen only list a few states on them. — Alan Wu, Cary, NC