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By Rose Ragsdale
For Mining News 

260,000 abandoned mines still mar West

GAO: States assess functional royalties on hardrock mining; Murkowski urges caution as U.S. Senate debates modernizing mining law


Last updated 7/26/2009 at Noon

Though Alaska has more than 7,300 abandoned hardrock mine sites, most of which are located on federal lands, the state's problems are relatively small potatoes compared with the estimated 260,000 abandoned mines to be found scattered across the West, according to a 2008 study conducted by the U.S. General Accounting Office.

GAO Natural Resources and Environment Director Robin M. Nazzaro, in te...

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