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  • 'You can't say no to mining'

    In an interview, former Department of Interior attorney John Leshy talks about the long battle for reform of the 1872 Mining Law, and how the Bush administration has helped to set back that reform.

  • Two weeks in the West

    Third parties can no longer challenge public-land sales to mining companies; BLM violated NEPA in leasing Utah wilderness-quality parcels to oil and gas companies; Divine Strake weapons test at Nevada Test Site delayed; Congress reforms conservation easement

  • Hardrock Mining Showdown

    Hardrock Mining Showdown

    In southern Arizona, the Forest Service is debating whether to defy the 1872 Mining Law and stop a controversial copper mine.

  • Mining Reform: Deja vu again and again

    Mining Reform: Deja vu again and again

    A 138-year-old law blocks serious hardrock mining reform, despite the untiring work of activists.

  • Nevada's Golden Child

    Nevada's Golden Child

    Hardrock mining's outsized political power in Nevada may finally be eroding, thanks to state budget woes.

  • The same old Sen. Reid?

    The same old Sen. Reid?

    Year after year, Nevada Sen. Harry Reid has stood squarely in the path of every attempt to reform the 1872 Mining Law. Plus: The Energy Department wants to dump tons of deadly mercury, most likely in the West.

  • Why mining reform matters to all of us

    Alan Bernholtz, the mayor of Crested Butte, Colo., says it’s time Congress overhauled the outmoded 1872 Mining Law, which is putting his town is at risk from a proposed molybdenum mine.

  • America needs clean water – and mining law reform

    Tony Dean says it is way past time to modernize the 1872 Mining Law.

  • Can Congress drag the 1872 Mining Law into the 21st century?

    A new bill would end 130 years of public land giveaways and reform one of the West's most antiquated -- and harmful -- laws.

  • Mining reform has one foot in the door

    Bill passes House, but Senate expected to start from scratch

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