Hardrock Leasing and Reclamation Act of 2019

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Key Provisions of the Bill

THE BILL:

  • Ends the outdated patenting system, preventing unfettered access for mining on nearly all public lands.
  • Establishes a 12.5% royalty on new mining operations – the same amount as oil and gas – and an 8% royalty on existing operations, excluding small miners.
  • Levels the playing field with all other uses of public lands – such as grazing, hunting, and energy devel- opment – while preserving the existing land-use planning processes.
  • Makes special lands – such as the Grand Canyon, Bears Ears, and Yellowstone – off-limits to hardrock mining.
  • Establishes strong reclamation standards and a dedicated funding source to reclaim and restore abandoned mines and areas impacted.