EARTHWORKS

Memo to Obama Transition Team

Memo to Obama Transition Team

Published: January 21, 2009

By: Lauren Pagel

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David J. Hayes
The Honorable Carol M. Browner
Office of the President elect of the United States
John C. Kluczynski Federal Office Building
230 South Dearborn Street, 38th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60604

Dear Mr. Hayes and Ms. Browner:

The undersigned organizations write to offer important recommendations for change in the policies that govern the mining of hardrock minerals in the United States.

As you may know, over the past eight years, the Bush administration has taken many steps to deregulate the hardrock mining industry, allowing it virtually free reign to mine on public lands with little oversight. The Bush administration has also allowed outdated laws and regulations to remain unchanged, damaging communities, important water resources and wildlife habitat throughout the Western United States.

There is much that can be done to bring mining industry regulations into the 21st century, and we look forward to working with the new administration to ensure that mining on our public lands is conducted in the most responsible manner.

The actions we recommend affect the Department of Interior, the Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency.

We appreciate the opportunity to share our recommendations and look forward to working with the new Administration to make sure that these common-sense protections for public lands and resources are taken.

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