House To Revisit Tougher Mining Rules, Royalties

Law360, New York (January 29, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- Lawmakers have brought back to Capitol Hill a controversial mining reform bill that would subject miners to harsher environmental regulations and, for the first time, require them to pay government royalties.

The Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2009, introduced this week in the U.S. House of Representatives, would modernize an 1872 law that allows multinational companies to mine for hardrock minerals such as gold, silver and copper on federal lands in 12 states without paying royalties.

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