Millsite Claims

February 1, 2001

The 1872 Mining Law is an antiquated relic of a law that does not adequately protect taxpayers or the environment from the impacts associated with mining, especially modern mining.

The New 3809 Regulations

February 1, 2001

On November 21st, 2000, the Bureau of Land Management published updated surface mining regulations that govern hardrock mining, and its environmental impacts, on the publicly owned lands managed by BLM. At 12 AM on January 20th, 2001, hours before George W. Bush was inaugurated, the rule went into effect. Efforts by the Bush administration to obstruct last minute regulations did not block the mining rule.

MPC Issue Paper #3: More Cyanide Uncertainties

January 1, 2001 • Robert Moran, Ph.D.

Cyanide is a chemical lethal to humans in small quantities; a teaspoon of 2% cyanide solution can cause death. Due to a string of spills and accidents, this method of mining using large quantities cyanide to remove microscopic specs of gold from vast amounts of ore or crushed rock is creating more and more controversy.

Cyanide in Mining

November 4, 2000 • Robert Moran, Ph.D.

The use of cyanide (CN) compounds by the mining industry raises many conflicting and confusing issues.

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Cyanide Heap Leach Packet

August 1, 2000 • EARTHWORKS

A compilation of articles and graphics explaining the use of cyanide in heap leach mining — and its effects.

MPC News — spring 2000

April 1, 2000

The Last American Dinosaur: The 1872 Mining Law

March 24, 2000

Hardrock Reclamation Bonding Practices in the Western United States

February 1, 2000 • James R. Kuipers, PE

The total, potential reclamation bonding liability of all the western states presently exceeds one billion dollars.