Several top Democrats doubled down on an effort Tuesday to reform a centuries-old mining law, introducing restrictions on future U.S. mining projects.
House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raúl Grijalva and Democratic New Mexico Sen. Martin Heinrich urged Congress to immediately pass their Clean Energy Minerals Reform Act, which they introduced in late April, during a press briefing on Capitol Hill. The effort has been backed by several environmental groups but opposed by the National Mining Association (NMA), which argued the legislation would impede domestic mineral production needed to achieve the Biden administration’s clean energy goals.
“We continue to deal with a law that was established 150 years ago, it’s remained virtually the same and this path for the mining industry has been an opportunity to do as they please to a great extent on our public lands, in our environment, our indigenous communities, public health without any semblance of accountability,” Grijalva told
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