Hardrock Mining Reform a Tough Sell Despite Activist Outcry

Greenwire: Efforts by President Obama to overhaul federal oversight of the hardrock mining industry may fall short despite bipartisan agreement that some reforms are overdue. The president's budget blueprint would enact a new fee on hardrock mineral production to help pay for reclamation of abandoned hardrock mines. It also requires royalties from companies mining certain minerals, including gold, copper, lead and uranium. Obama's proposal is a nod to environmentalists and other advocates who say the......

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