Mining Group Asks 9th Circ. To Slash DOI's Withdrawal Power

Law360, New York (September 18, 2015, 10:44 PM EDT) -- The National Mining Association urged the Ninth Circuit on Friday to strike down an entire section of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act after an Arizona federal judge found the U.S. Department of the Interior's 20-year ban on uranium mining around the Grand Canyon does not violate any laws.

The law permits the DOI's Bureau of Land Management to withdraw land but contains a legislative veto section that the NMA says even the government agrees is unconstitutional. While the DOI has proposed severing only the language concerning the veto, the NMA told the circuit court that the agency's solution would...

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