The 1872 Mining Law was signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant – before women could vote, before the invention of the light bulb, before environmental protection was even a consideration.
The 1872 Mining Law, still in place today:
It's time to lay the 135-year-old law to rest and replace it with a law that meets the needs of today!
The time for the 1872 Mining Law has come and gone. It was passed to encourage the settlement and development of the western United States. The west is settled. Now we need to protect the people who settled there.
House Natural Resources Committee Chair Nick Rahall and Jim Costa, Energy and Minerals Subcommittee Chair, introduced a mining reform bill that would fix these problems and more.
Thank you for helping protect residents and the environment from the effects of an outdated law.