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Hardrock Leasing and Reclamation Act of 2019


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Hardrock Leasing and Reclamation Act of 2019

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Introduced in House

Date: May 8, 2019

Public Lands and Natural Resources
Hardrock Leasing and Reclamation Act of 2019
Date: May 8, 2019 Official Title: To modify the requirements applicable to locatable minerals on public domain lands, consistent with the principles of self-initiation of mining claims, and for other purposes.Short title This Act may be cited as the "Hardrock Leasing and Reclamation Act of 2019".In general As used in this Act:
  • (1) The term means, with respect to any person, any of the following:
    • (A) Any person who controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with such person.
    • (B) Any partner of such person.
    • (C) Any person owning at least 10 percent of the voting shares of such person.
  • (2) The term means any authority of the United States that is an "agency" under section 3502(1) of title 44, United States Code.
  • (3) The term means any person applying for a permit, license, or lease under this Act or a modification to or a renewal of a permit, license, or lease under this Act.
  • (4) The term means the crushing and grinding of hardrock mineral ore and such processes as are employed to free the mineral from other constituents, including physical and chemical separation techniques.
  • (5) The term
    • (A) subject to subparagraphs (B) and (C), means mineral activities that do not ordinarily result in any disturbance of public lands and resources;
    • (B) includes collection of geochemical, rock, soil, or mineral specimens using handtools, hand panning, or nonmotorized sluicing; and
    • (C) does not include
      • (i) the use of mechanized earth-moving equipment, suction dredging, or explosives;
      • (ii) the use of motor vehicles in areas closed to off-road vehicles;
      • (iii) the construction of roads or drill pads; and
      • (iv) the use of toxic or hazardous materials.