A few years ago, 3 million gallons of toxic mining waste contaminated the Animas River in Colorado. The pictures speak for themselves–yet this is not an isolated incident.
Families across the country live with pollution from irresponsible mining, and taxpayers—not polluters—too often pay for a cleanup bill which has reached $50 billion. Why? Because our mining laws were written 150 years ago and give mining an unfair advantage over other valuable land uses such as drinking water supplies and outdoor recreation.
Representative Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) introduced legislation to reform the 1872 Mining Law to protect America’s outdoor heritage, safeguard drinking water and hold foreign mining companies responsible for their pollution. Their proposals would compensate taxpayers for minerals extracted on public lands and create jobs by creating a dedicated fund to clean up abandoned mines.
TAKE ACTION: Tell your Congressional representatives to co-sponsor these critical bills to bring the mining industry into the 21st century!
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