Mining News: 260,000 abandoned mines still mar West
GAO: States assess functional royalties on hardrock mining; Murkowski urges caution as U.S. Senate debates modernizing mining law
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Though Alaska has more than 7,300 abandoned hardrock mine sites, most of which are located on federal lands, the state’s problems are relatively small potatoes compared with the estimated 260,000 abandoned mines to be found scattered across the West, according to a 2008 study conducted by the U.S.....
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Mining law needs overhaul
States charge mining royalties
Fewer hazardous mine sites
Federal count may be inaccurate
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