Gene Palumbo contributes to America from El Salvador.

Protesters in San Salvador, El Salvador, demonstrate against mining exploitation March 9. El Salvador passed a law March 29 banning metal mining nationwide, making the small Central American country the first in the world to outlaw the industry.(CNS photo/Oscar Rivera, EPA)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Gene PalumboApril 03, 2017
The ban’s proponents say mining practices posed a grave risk to the country’s already limited water supply.