Thursday, July 31, 2008

McCain on mining law reform, nuke waste

John McCain spoke out in favor of mining reform on the campaign trail in Nevada, but took some heat from "I Think Mining" blogger Jack Caldwell (who sounds like he might be a McCain supporter), who posted a commentary including, "He seems to want it all way. A new mining law; but no fees. Yucca Mountain; but no nuclear waste."

Sen. McCain said he supported the Yucca Mountain site for nuclear waste storage but also wants reprocessing of nuclear waste. He called for reform of the 1872 Mining Act but doesn't necessarily support increasing fees for companies mining on public lands.

These the first reports I've seen from the presidential campaigns that address mining issues. All the discussions of resource issues so far seem to be on offshore drilling for oil.

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