Natural Resources Committee passes mining reform, mining pension bills

By: Press Pool

Bill advanced updates antiquated Mining Law of 1872 that puts most public lands at constant risk of new mining, lets industry off the hook for toxic mine cleanup, and robs the American people of mining royalties

Today the Natural Resources Committee voted to advance Chair Raúl M. Grijalva’s (D-Ariz.) bill to update our nation’s antiquated Mining Law of 1872 (H.R. 2579, Hardrock Leasing and Reclamation Act of 2019) and two bills aimed at protecting miner pensions and health benefits (H.R. 934, Health Benefits for Miners Act of 2019 and H.R. 935, Miners Pension Protection Act).

America’s mining laws have remained relatively untouched since they were established by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1872. This antiquated system puts most public lands at constant risk of new mining, lets industry off the hook for toxic mine cleanup, and robs the American people of royalties from mining.

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