The 1872 law allows foreign mining companies to dig riches out of the ground, and leave the mess. Families across the country live with pollution from irresponsible mining, and tax- payers – not polluters – too often pay for a cleanup bill which has reached $50 billion.1 Why? Because our mining laws were written 150 years ago. They’re out of touch and out of scale with modern hardrock mining, and desperately need to be updated.
We need a mining law that will protect drinking water and hold mining companies responsible for their pollution.