DENVER – The Clean Energy Minerals Reform Act, introduced by U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), will modernize the antiquated General Mining Act of 1872 and help protect Western lands, waters, and wildlife. The bill also ensures that our nation’s public lands and waters can be reclaimed from toxic abandoned hardock mines and protected from current and future mining operations, while also ensuring that taxpayers receive a fair return for industry’s use of our public lands.
“It’s time we took our mining laws out of the 19th century and into the 21st century. Our public lands, waters, wildlife, and way of life depend on it,” said David Willms, senior director of Western wildlife and conservation at the National Wildlife Federation. “We applaud Sen. Heinrich and Chairman Grijalva for this common sense legislation to reform the antiquated 1872 mining law and invest in our public lands, while also ensuring that the public receives fair compensation for the use of our public lands.”
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