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Top fisheries scientists weigh in on 1872 Mining Law Reform

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By Bonnie Gestring

December 6, 2011

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acid runoff from Zortman Landusky Mine

It’s no secret that mining is no friend to our nation’s trout streams.  Now a group of top scientists from across the west, with over a century of combined experience, have weighed in on the topic, with a terrific opinion piece in the Anchorage Daily News.  Don’t miss it!

And, if you want more detail, go to the full peer-reviewed article in Fisheries magazine, where they’ve supplied an endless number of case studies, and detailed recommendations for reforming the 1872 mining law

Last month, Rep. Edward Markey of Massachusetts introduced a mining law reform and abandoned mine clean-up bill (H.R. 3446), which tackles many of these important issues.

As the scientists say, “We encourage Congress to bring our nation's mining law into the 21st Century. It's long overdue.”


For more information:

Anchorage Daily News, "Law governing mining is badly out of date," Dec. 6, 2011

Fisheries Magazine, Volume 35, No. 7, July 2010, "The mining law of 1872: Change is overdue"

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