Legislation & Regulation
• Congress deals with other priorities
• Alaska miners get relief on state lands
We are at a crossroads; either we establish the mining, production and refining of rare earth elements here in the US or we remain subjected to the whims of the Chinese government.
I want to stress that this is just the first step to fixing many of the regulatory issues we identified in discussions with the current administration. There will be plenty more to come.
We’ve heard from miners in Arizona about federal agencies closing off historic roads that provide access for miners, and we need your input.
US uranium mines produced less than 174,000 pounds in 2019, according to the February Energy Information Administration report. That’s down from 4.9 million pounds in 2014.
- PLF files petition with US Supreme Court on behalf of Oregon miners
- Land and Water Conservation Fund abuse by Forest Service
- Army asks for REE proposals
- New Deputy Secretary of Interior
- Case against dredger allowed to proceed
Logging on federal land plummeted—over 84% since the 1980s. And that management tool was replaced with—nothing.
- Oregon miners to petition for US Supreme Court review
- Two executive orders to reign in federal agencies
- Petition for Joshua tree as a threatened species
All 28 groups listed agree that Section 402 of the Clean Water Act does not apply and no dredge miner should be asking a state or federal agency for such a permit.
For now, MSHA is just collecting information. However, the information it collects will shape what comes next.
• ESA changes for the better
Recently, a left-leaning Arizona federal judge, James Soto, who is an Obama appointee, shut down a proposed copper mining project for the flimsiest of reasons. He basically disregarded and rewrote federal mining law.