Salazar Calls For Reform Of 1872 Mining Law

Law360, New York (July 14, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The Mining Law of 1872 must be changed in a way that protects the environment and ensures a fair return to the American taxpayer, but does not force industry to flee overseas, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar told a U.S. Senate panel Tuesday.

Over the years, miners have extracted gold, uranium and other hard rock minerals without paying any royalties to the U.S. government, and have even acquired public land for as cheap as $2.50 to $5 an acre.

Thus far, every attempt at reform...
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