|Topic:||Hardrock Mining on Federal Lands|
THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Commission on Geosciences, Environment, and Resources
Committee on Hardrock Mining on Federal Lands
September 28 & 29, 1999
Hardrock Mining on Federal Lands
The mining of gold, silver, uranium, copper, lead, and other hardrock minerals on federal lands has benefited the economies of many Western states for decades. However, environmental groups have criticized the effectiveness of federal and state laws and regulations that apply to mining on federal lands. This report, Hardrock Mining on Federal Lands, which was mandated in PL 105-277, provides recommendations on how to coordinate these regulatory requirements to ensure environmental protection and increase efficiency.
These series of briefings were for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly
released on September 29, 1999 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.