Legislation currently making its way through Congress threatens Great Lakes waters, lands and citizen’s rights by stripping away key protections that govern mining on federal lands. The National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2012 (H.R. 4402) expedites mining exploration and mine permits on federal lands and limits opportunities for citizen involvement in communities affected by mining.
This bill could significantly shorten environmental review and the permitting process that guarantees that mines and other similar projects are well designed and include necessary safeguards to protect our health, drinking water, and fish and wildlife.
The House of Representatives is expected to vote on H.R. 4402 in late June. We will keep you informed about the bill’s progress through our action alert network, Facebook, and Twitter. This is an important time for Great Lakes residents to contact your elected official and tell them you oppose this legislation, which will damage not only our air and water, but our rights as citizens to take part in decisions that affect our health and well-being.