On Anniversary Of 150-Year-Old Mining Law, Lawmakers Call For Reform

On Tuesday, May 10, 2022, the 150th anniversary of President Ulysses S. Grant signing the General Mining Act of 1872 into law, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) held a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol calling for the modernization of this antiquated mining law. Grijalva, Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, and Heinrich, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, introduced their House and Senate mining reform bills, both titled the Clean Energy Minerals Reform Act.