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October 11, 2003 | Elizabeth Shogren, Times Staff Writer
The Bush administration announced Friday that it would start allowing companies that mine gold, silver and other precious metals as much public land as they need to help them develop their claims. The decision, a reinterpretation of the 1872 Mining Law, came in response to pressure from the mining industry and members of Congress in big mining states.
June 21, 2011 | By Neela Banerjee, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration announced Monday that it intends to place a 20-year ban on mining 1 million acres of land bordering the Grand Canyon, an area where uranium mining claims have spiked 2,000% in the last seven years. The ban would strengthen a moratorium on new mining claims and activity, which the administration placed on Grand Canyon border lands two years ago in response to the jump in uranium stakes. Interior Department officials said the agency initially would extend the current moratorium another six months, until December, in order to complete the steps necessary to establish the 20-year ban. Mines currently in operation would not be affected.
This isolated and rocky section of desert in the Imperial Valley is suddenly center stage in a national political fight over the Bush administration's effort to make it easier for mining companies to operate on federal land. In rules published Tuesday in the Federal Register, Interior Secretary Gale Norton said she is rolling back environmental restrictions placed on mining by the Clinton administration. Environmental groups are threatening to sue.
July 13, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
Major labor unrest was feared Sunday in South Africa after union officials said that 80,000 metalworkers had voted overwhelmingly in favor of a strike. Walkouts by coal and gold miners were also possible. A strike by the 200,000 mine workers would be by far the most serious for South Africa's economy. These miners work in 27 gold pits and 18 collieries and make up nearly half the miners in South Africa, and the mines provide more than half of the country's export earnings.
June 2, 2011 | By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times
Wang Wenlin and his family have eked out a living for decades farming and herding sheep and cattle on the vast, unforgiving Inner Mongolian steppes. But the opening three years ago of a nearby colliery and railway line to transport coal across his grazing land has squeezed Wang's livelihood. "My animals only have so much land to graze," said Wang, who earns about $9,000 a year. "In the winter, I'm cut off from the closest city. When it's windy, we get covered in coal dust because it's an open mine.
August 16, 2009 | Kim Murphy
The controversial Kensington gold mine in southeast Alaska has won an important go-ahead from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which approved an amended permit that will allow the mine to dump millions of tons of waste into a nearby lake. The project has been the subject of a national environmental fight over whether navigable lakes and rivers can be used as repositories for toxic mine tailings. The Corps last week announced it was extending Coeur Alaska's permit until 2014 and reiterated that the company could construct a tailings storage facility in Lower Slate Lake, below the mine.
January 11, 2012
Nothing spoils a good hike through the wilderness like radioactive streams. That's one of the reasons all Americans, but particularly Arizonans who benefit from the tourism magnet that is the Grand Canyon, should be thankful to the Obama administration for its decision Monday to withdraw about 1 million acres in the vicinity of the national park from new mining claims for the next 20 years. Congressional Republicans, led by politicians such as Arizona Rep. Jeff Flake who are heavily backed by the mining industry, turned the Grand Canyon decision into an important plank of a broad anti-environmental campaign last year, throwing up numerous bills and amendments to prevent the Interior Department from withdrawing these lands from new claims.
A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the U.S. government to stop permitting coal companies to put tons of dirt and rock from their mountaintop mining operations into streams and valleys, a practice that has permanently changed the topography of Appalachia. The ruling, which prohibits the Army Corps of Engineers from issuing new permits for piling leftover dirt and rock into streams, could greatly reduce mountaintop removal mining.
December 18, 1990 | DANIEL AKST
Welfare saps initiative, right? Generation after generation, it creates a culture of dependence. Sure. Doubters need only look to the minerals mining industry, a business so addicted to government handouts that it apparently can barely lift a shovel without taxpayer help. California is having a second great gold rush. It's a leader in boron and gypsum too, producing $3 billion a year in non-fuel minerals overall and ranking second only to Arizona.
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