“Critical and Strategic” Minerals

A Molycorp Minerals worker surveyed the Mountain Pass Mine, which the mining company is working to reopen. David Becker/Reuters

The Mining Industry’s Latest Attempt to Gut Community and Environmental Protections

So-called “critical” minerals policy is simply the mining lobby’s latest gambit in a decades-long attempt to eviscerate community and environmental oversight of their industry — the nation’s largest toxic polluter. The Trump administration emboldened mining lobby efforts and launched an aggressive campaign for administrative and legislative upheaval: gutting public input in mining decisions; tossing out protections for clean air and clean water; and attempting to give away millions of acres of public lands. 

Some of the treasured places at risk include sacred sites in the Bears Ears National Monument, Grand Canyon, and the Santa Rita Mountains. We need to strengthen our outdated mining laws, not weaken already flimsy community and taxpayer protections.