In our last newsletter, we brought your attention to H.R. 4402, the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2012. We encouraged you to participate in our social media campaign to contact your legislators, asking them to oppose H.R. 4402.
In spite of our efforts and those of many other organizations, H.R. 4402 passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 256- 160. You can see how your representative voted by visiting http://www.govtrack.us/ congress/votes/112-2012/h468. There has been no action to date on the bill in the Senate, where its fate is uncertain.
The White House, in a “statement of administration policy” released before the vote voiced strong opposition, stating that H.R. 4402 “would undermine and remove the environmental safeguards, for, at a minimum, almost all types of hardrock mines on federal lands.”
We will keep you updated on new developments and any Senate action on this bill. The fastest way to stay informed on this and other issues, is to sign up for our email list, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
With elections approaching, we encourage you to talk with candidates for public office about your concerns and ask their views on protecting our air and water, requiring industries to comply with laws that protect our health, and safeguarding the process for public participation in permitting decisions.