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An 1872 Mining Law Whose Time Has Passed

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  • Teresa Binstock
    Op-Ed: A Law Whose Time Has Passed A Mining Law Whose Time Has Passed By
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 12, 2012

      Op-Ed:A Law Whose Time Has Passed

      A Mining Law Whose Time Has Passed

      By ROBERT M. HUGHES and CAROL ANN WOODY

      IN 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant signed a mining law to spur the development of the West by giving hard-rock mining precedence over other uses of federal land. But the law has long since outlived its purpose, and its environmental consequences have been severe.

      Mining claims for copper, gold, uranium and other minerals cover millions of those acres, and the law, now 140 years old, makes it nearly impossible to block extraction, no matter how serious the potential consequences. Soaring metal prices are now driving new mine proposals across the West.....
























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