Democrat legislators from the West push update of 150-year-old federal mining law

An overhaul of federal mining laws is being considered in Congress. (Oregon Capital Chronicle/Les Zaitz)

WASHINGTON D.C. – Democrats in Congress are hoping to overhaul the nation’s 150-year-old system for mining the elements needed for battery manufacturing, as high gas prices and Russia’s war in Ukraine underline the need to transition from oil and gas to renewable energy sources.

U.S. House Natural Resources Chairman Raúl Grijalva of Arizona and U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico have each sponsored bills that . . .