Summary: S.1386 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for S.1386. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in Senate (05/09/2019)

Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2019

This bill modifies requirements related to the mining of hardrock minerals on federal land.

Among other things, the bill

  • prohibits the United States from issuing a patent for any mining claim, millsite, or tunnel site unless a patent application was filed with the Department of the Interior by September 30, 1994;
  • subjects production of all locatable minerals from any mining claim to a reasonable royalty established by Interior;
  • requires an exploration permit and mining operations permit for non-casual mining operations;
  • establishes the Hardrock Minerals Reclamation Fund for the reclamation and restoration of land and water resources adversely affected by past hardrock minerals and mining activities;
  • requires consultation with Indian tribes prior to the undertaking or issuing of a permit for mineral activity that has tribal implications; and
  • establishes civil penalties for violation of surface management or operation requirements and related regulations.