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How 150-Year-Old Mining Laws Must Change to Keep Us Safe

Mining laws in the U.S. have remained unchanged for 150+ years — here’s how those laws should be updated to keep the environment and people safe.
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Since the General Mining Law of 1872 was established, mining practices have been prioritized above all other public land use, including caring for the environment and protecting Indigenous lands. But if we want to transition away from fossil fuels and into a green future, we cannot be mining the same way we did during the second Industrial Revolution. That's why we need to update the laws.

According to environmental org Earthjustice, such reform must include tribal consultation, environmental protections, fair taxpayer compensation, inspections, and the establishment of an abandoned mine fund.

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