New rules in revised Mining Law

By Norman Harsono

The House of Representatives passed a revision of the 2009 Coal and Mineral Mining Law on Tuesday in a move criticized by some experts and NGOs over a lack of transparency and alignment with business interests.

The law, jointly drafted by the House and government, seeks to develop the downstream mining industry, grow the economy and create jobs but is deemed to be sidelining the environment, local communities and regional administrations in the process.

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