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February 26, 1985

The Interior Department published final rules for managing its wilderness areas and one environmental organization said they would lead to more mining than Congress intended. The rules, pending in draft form since June, 1983, no longer require that the holders of old mining claims in wilderness areas of the Bureau of Land Management show that the claims contain "valuable" minerals, the Wilderness Society said. The claimant now has to show that minerals were "exposed" on the land before it was designated a wilderness area.

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