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Hardrock Mines Need Faster Environmental Review, Forest Service Says (1)

Sept. 12, 2018, 6:20 PM; Updated: Sept. 12, 2018, 6:53 PM

The Trump administration is planning another way to speed up mining projects, this time by streamlining the Forest Service’s environmental reviews for new hardrock mines.

The move is consistent with President Donald Trump’s broader push to cut red tape for new mines.

On Sept. 13, the Forest Service will publish a notice in the Federal Register asking the public to comment on ways to speed up its review of prospecting, exploring, developing, and reclaiming proposed mines. The Forest Service specifically mentioned uranium and thorium as minerals that could benefit from a faster review process.

Making the review process more ...

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