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We need to clean up old uranium messes, and make sure we have rules to prevent new ones, before we mine more uranium

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By Lauren Pagel

September 24, 2010

Yesterday, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources conducted a hearing concerning H.R. 4817. The bill would amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) of 1977 and give uncertified States and Indian tribes authority to use payments to take care of certain noncoal (i.e. uranium) reclamation projects.

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Tagged with: new mexico, abandoned mines, uranium, smcra, energy and minerals, hr4817


The House could learn a lesson if it passes the CLEAR Act

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By Lauren Pagel

July 29, 2010

As soon as this Friday, the United States House of Representatives will vote on an oil spill response bill to reform offshore drilling practices. H.R. 3534, the Consolidated Land, Energy and Aquatic Resources (CLEAR) Act, also contains a two new protections for onshore oil and gas drilling.

The disaster in the Gulf has shown that oil and gas operators need stringent regulations to ensure the environment is protected. The CLEAR Act addresses these problems by creating new safety standards, higher liability limits, and by closing the revolving door between government and the oil and gas industry. 

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Tagged with: clear act, drilling reform, house of representatives


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