Small Scale Mines are the middle-range mines, both in size and technology. They are a small business that employs workers year-round. These mines can be above or below ground, and are usually legal operations.
Advantage: Small mines often take miner safety, wages and environmental impact into account. Information may be available about specific mines, making it easier to determine how ethically it is being run.
Concern: Standards vary widely. When mine-specific information is unavailable, some conclusions can be drawn by studying governmental regulations and enforcement practices.