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Monday, April 14, 2008

As pressure mounts to overhaul the antiquated 1872 Mining Law, two high-profile mining operations have come to a halt - one along the south rim of the Grand Canyon, and the other right above the Colorado ski town of Crested Butte.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Soaring prices for gold, copper, and uranium have sparked an explosion of mining claims that are encroaching on booming cities, sprawling suburbs, small towns and rural recreation havens throughout the western United States, according to a new analysis of federal records.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

In an ominous move that threatens the integrity of the nation’s most iconic natural treasure, the Forest Service has approved drilling for uranium at as many as 39 sites near the south rim of the Grand Canyon.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008
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Thursday, November 1, 2007

Environmental Working Group (EWG) Public Lands Senior Analyst Dusty Horwitt applauded today's vote in the House supporting landmark reform of the nation's antiquated mining law, first put on the books when by Ulysses S. Grant was President in 1872.

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Thursday, November 1, 2007

WASHINGTON - Environmental Working Group (EWG) Public Lands Senior Analyst Dusty Horwitt, called on the Congress to reform the 1872 Mining Act, signed into law by Ulysses S. Grant and not amended in any meaningful way since.

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Monday, October 15, 2007

A modern-day Gold Rush is threatening California’s national parks, national monuments, wilderness and roadless areas.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Oversight Hearing on Hardrock Mining on Federal Land.

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Monday, October 1, 2007

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Thursday, September 27, 2007 at 9:30 a.m.

Public Lands Analyst

Environmental Working Group

Submitted for the Record

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Environmental Working Group analyst Dusty Horwitt talks about jewelry's ugly little secret: the mining industry.

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

A report released by the Environmental Working Group today shows an 80 percent increase in uranium, gold and other mining claims in 12 western states over the past five years, including an explosion of uranium claims near the edge of Grand Canyon National Park.

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Thursday, July 26, 2007
Public Lands Analyst, Environmental Working Group

 

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Saturday, March 10, 2007

As new mining claims multiply across the Western United States, Environmental Working Group (EWG) applauds House Natural Resources Committee Chairman, U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall (D-WV) for reintroducing much-needed mining reform legislation.

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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Driven by soaring prices for uranium and other metals, and aided by an antiquated federal law, in the last four years mining interests have staked new claims on 2.3 million acres of Western public lands — an area larger than Yellowstone National Park.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Reps. Richard Pombo (R-CA) and Jim Gibbons (R-NV) have pulled mining legislation from the House budget bill that could have sold off 350 million acres of American public lands.

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Monday, December 12, 2005

Proposed fixes to heavily criticized mining legislation sponsored by U.S. Rep. James A.

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Monday, December 12, 2005

Proposed fixes to heavily criticized mining legislation sponsored by U.S. Rep. James A. Gibbons (R-NV) could still cost Nevada schools more than $120 million, slash $100 million per year in taxes currently paid by the mining industry, and leave 350 millions acres of public property across the West open to purchase and development.

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Thursday, November 10, 2005

The House of Representatives votes today on a federal spending bill with language from Rep. Richard Pombo (R-CA) that will let foreign mining companies, real estate speculators, oil and mining conglomerates, or anyone else purchase up to 350 million acres of American taxpayers' lands for as little as $1,000 per acre.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2005

A little-known provision in the current House budget reconciliation could precipitate one of the largest land giveaways in American history. The provision, spearheaded by Rep.

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