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Establish Environmental Standards for the Hardrock Mining Industry

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Earthworks is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the impacts of irresponsible mineral and energy development while seeking sustainable solutions.

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Today, the outdated General Mining Law of 1872 governs activities related to hardrock mining on federal lands.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

 

To: U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

We, the undersigned, urge you to support the Abandoned Mine Lands Cleanup and Taxpayer Fairness Act. The EPA released a report describing the hardrock mining industry as the nation’s largest toxic polluter. This Bill would protect national parks and monuments from irresponsible hardrock mining by establishing new environmental standards, and institute a fund to clean up abandoned mines.

I stand with organizations like Earthworks in urging Congress to cosponsor the Abandoned Mine Lands Cleanup and Taxpayer Fairness Act: protect our environment and wildlife from hazardous mining pollution.

Sincerely,

[Your name here] 

Action Updates

  • 29 June 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!

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    Sandra Mas
    Spain
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    Eric Foconi
    Sweden
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    Carolyn Cannafax
    La Mesa, CA
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    Enrico Pelausa
    Manassas, VA
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    Cathy Martin
    Smyrna, GA
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    Santa Rosa, CA
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    Canfield, OH
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    Dara Murray
    New York, NY
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    Irvine, CA
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    San Diego, CA
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    Bourg, LA
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    Elaine Finase
    Plainville, MA
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    Noralee Sherwood
    Oceanside, CA
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    Foothill Ranch, CA
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