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GOP Lawmaker Gives New Life To Controversial Mining Proposal In Southwest Oregon

A controversial mining proposal in southwest Oregon could get a fresh life after a Utah lawmaker asked the Trump administration to reconsider a set of environmental rules.

Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, contends regulations enacted by the Obama administration to protect several iconic rivers in Oregon and others nationwide were “illegal” and “inconsistent with national security interests.”

Bishop, the House Natural Resources committee chair, asked in a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke for a complete review of “mineral withdrawals,” or mining bans, from the last eight years.  

His request could reignite a British mining company’s effort to build a nickel mine near the headwaters of the North Fork Smith River, a stream known for recreation, unique habitat and drinking water on the Oregon and California state line.  

Read the full article at The Statesman Journal.

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