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By Rose Ragsdale
Mining News 

Resources panel tackles 1872 mining law

U.S. senators, witnesses lean toward discarding House legislation in favor of a fresh start on updating 136-year-old rules


Last updated 2/24/2008 at Noon

The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing Jan. 24 on legislation that the U.S. House of Representatives approved last year that would impose stiff new royalties on hardrock mining companies.

The full committee heard testimony on reform of the Mining Law of 1872 from a range of witnesses, primarily from western states, including Henri Bisson, deputy director of the B...

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