Petition

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Today, the outdated General Mining Law of 1872 governs activities related to hardrock mining on federal lands.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

Supporters

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    Elizabeth Abrantes
    Canada
    13 hours ago
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    Sarahlee Lyons
    Springbrook, WI
    16 hours ago
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    Anthony Lo Baugh
    San Francisco, CA
    17 hours ago
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    Verna Wigglesworth Pheasan
    Canada
    18 hours ago
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    Danny Spitzer
    Bellport, NY
    19 hours ago
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    Sharyn Flint
    Summerland Key, FL
    19 hours ago
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    Brian Yanke
    Madison, WI
    22 hours ago
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    Camille Panetié
    France
    1 day ago
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    Judy Mc Kinney
    Eureka Springs, AR
    3 days ago
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    Francisco Landeros
    Sacramento, CA
    4 days ago
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    Geri Velasquez
    Riverside, CA
    5 days ago
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    Suparna Vashisht
    Los Gatos, CA
    5 days ago
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    Bernhard Ueffing
    Germany
    5 days ago
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    Michael E. Kerr
    Pittsburg, CA
    6 days ago

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