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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

"Modernize 1872 mining law" - from the Missoulian

Posted by: Michael Lanthier

It's time for a commonsense, modern law to govern hard rock mining. View below a guest column from Jon Krutar, a rancher and former economics professor, in the Missoulian. Get involved by calling for action.

...mining today is not what it was in my grandfather’s day, when it was mostly done on a small scale with anyone wielding a pan or a pick. Mining operations today are done on a massive scale, altering entire landscapes and leaving vast volumes of mine waste behind. Unfortunately, the laws that govern mining have not kept pace with the change in times or techniques. Montanans continue to pay a heavy price in terms of severe pollution to many of our rivers, streams and groundwater.

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