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Consensus Eludes Long-Debated Update to 1872 U.S. Minerals Law

July 27, 2021, 7:30 PM

The challenges to updating a 19th century mining law were on display Tuesday at a House panel hearing, as efforts by advocates to boost mineral mining clashed with broad disagreement over the need for more environmental safeguards.

“Mining law reform means protecting special and sacred places, requiring modern environmental standards, and no longer simply giving away our publicly owned minerals to exploitative international mining companies,” Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) told the Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee.

Grijalva, who chairs the full House Natural Resources Committee, vowed to reintroduce legislation later this year overhauling the 1872 law, an update that has ...

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