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Sen. Manchin Supports Hardrock Mining Revamp

March 7, 2019, 7:33 PM

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s top Democrat said he was opposed to a 147-year old mining law that a coalition of environmentalists are now trying to overhaul.

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin’s remarks, made at a March 7 roundtable meeting of the committee, could encourage other Democrats or centrist Republicans to vote for a bill expected from Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M). Manchin didn’t co-sponsor a version of Udall’s bill in the last Congress.

Under the General Mining Law of 1872, companies don’t have...

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