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What an updated 150-year-old mining law could mean for Arizona

By Steve Goldstein
Published: Tuesday, May 24, 2022 - 11:41am
Updated: Tuesday, May 24, 2022 - 11:55am
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Whether it’s because of the spike in gas prices, the recent chip shortage, or growing enthusiasm for alternative energy use, Congress is considering legislation that would update a 150-year-old mining law.

The bill, known as the Clean Energy Minerals Reform Act, was introduced by Democratic Congressman Raúl Grijalva of Arizona. Among other things, it would strengthen environmental standards and force mining companies to pay royalties for operations taking place on federal lands.

Aaron Weiss is deputy director of the Center for Western Priorities, a nonprofit conservation and advocacy organization.

The Show spoke with him to learn about the bill and its potential impact, as well as why an important part of U.S. mining law was written in the 19th century.

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