Phone 2 Action - Reform the 1872 Mining Law

Urge the administration to work internally and with Congress to update our mining laws and regulations to 21st century standards. Ask for mining standards that:

  • Hold companies responsible for pollution – Mining companies should be required to pay their fair share, including royalties on the riches they dig out of the ground and fees to fund the cleanup of pollution the industry leaves behind. 
  • Protect natural and cultural resources – Places like Grand Canyon National Park and Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments need to be protected from mining impacts that happen outside of their boundaries.
  • Give tribes and communities a say – A properly updated mining law would allow tribes and the public to work with land managers to decide where is, and is not, appropriate for mining.
  • Establish adequate environmental standards – The mining industry needs specific environmental standards that protect drinking water, air quality, and the health of all, not loopholes that make some mining pollution legal.

Comment deadline: July 31, 2022

As our country shifts away from fossil fuels toward other forms of energy production, it will need minerals for solar panels, wind turbines, batteries and other technologies. We have the opportunity now, as demand for these minerals rises, to build protections into our country’s mining laws and regulations and enact policies to ease the demand for mining altogether.

Use your voice to ensure the renewable energy transition doesn’t harm people or the environment.

Act now. Add a comment in your own words by July 31, 2022.

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