Hard Times for Hardrock

James K. Agee

in Steward's Fork

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780520251250
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933798 | DOI:
Hard Times for Hardrock

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This chapter discusses the policies for regulating mining operations of hardrock minerals in the Klamath region. It describes the Hardrock Act, the law that regulated the mining of hardrock minerals and legitimized miners' appropriation of federal assets. The chapter also discusses the proposals for mining reform and argues the need to tighten environmental regulations. The Klamath region still suffers from the unregulated activities of the Iron Mountain Mine Complex. Its vegetation was devastated by erosion and by heavy metals that poisoned the soils.

Keywords: mining; hardrock minerals; Hardrock Act; mining reform; Klamath region; Iron Mountain Mine

Chapter.  3348 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

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