Oversight: Hearing on Seeking Innovative Solutions for the Future of Hardrock Mining
DEMOCRATIC TOP-LINE MESSAGES
- The Mining Law of 1872 is an antiquated law that embodies a vision of the American West, and of mining, that is long gone.
- Mining companies have been able to extract hundreds of billions of dollars of precious metals from public land without paying a cent in royalties to the American people.
- Hundreds of thousands of abandoned hardrock mines across the nation create major environmental, public health, and safety hazards, and there needs to be a dedicated source of funding to address those.