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[GreenYes] Re: Most important recycling legislation in 135 years!! Congress Votes on General Mining Act of 1872


Title: [GreenYes] Re: Most important recycling legislation in 135 years!! Congress Votes on General Mining Act of 1872

At 10:25 AM 10/3/2007, retroworks wrote:



>I have often said landfills are not recycling's competitors.

I'm not sure I agree that dumps don't compete with recycling.

But beyond doubt the General Mining Act is a nightmare.  Many
campaigns to repeal it or change it fundamentally have failed.  Let's
hope for a successful one soon.

Alan Muller

>   They are
>potential clients.  Whether we collect, waste paper, scrap computers,
>steel cans, iron, or glass, we sell in competition against virgin
>materials, period.   In the USA, the price of mining and forestry has
>been defined by two pieces of legislation - Superfund (which is
>enforced against secondary smelters but not against mines) and the GMA
>of 1872.
>
>The General Mining Act was signed by Ulysess Grant during the Apache
>Indian Wars to spur development of federal lands in the west.  It
>offers mining and timber companies a lease of $5 per acre.  All the
>minerals and royalties belong to the mining company, the mine tailings
>and waste remain the property of the taxpayer.  The $5 remains the
>price today.
>
>Finally our friends at EarthworksAction.org and others have gotten
>movement on the issue, and Congress will be debating this raw material
>subsidy this week.
>
>See USA Today Article from Monday Oct 1
>http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2007-09-30-mining_N.htm
>
>Robin Ingenthron www.retroworks.com
>
>
>



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