Establish Environmental Standards for the Hardrock Mining Industry

Establish Environmental Standards for the Hardrock Mining Industry

About the Petition

Today, the outdated General Mining Law of 1872 governs activities related to hardrock mining on federal lands. This 135-year-old law contains no provisions to protect the surrounding environment. Under the Abandoned Mine Lands Cleanup and Taxpayer Fairness Act, pollution would be monitored and surface and groundwater would be protected from toxic discharge and erosion.

Stand with organizations like Earthworks and urge Congress to cosponsor the Abandoned Mine Lands Cleanup and Taxpayer Fairness Act: defend our environment and wildlife from hazardous mining pollution.

Photo Caption: Inyo Mine, Death Valley National Park, California, USA

Photo Credit: Pete Ryan/Getty Images

 

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Updates & News

  • Jun 29 2015

    We Did It!

    Thanks to everyone for signing the petition to establish environmental standards for the hard rock mining industry! Lets continue to spread the word to family and friends!