Mining trade group spent over $743K on 3Q lobbying

AP News
Posted: Dec 02, 2009 10:40 AM

The National Mining Association spent more than $743,000 in the third quarter to lobby on mining law reform, land management programs and fossil energy research, according to a recent disclosure report.

The trade group also lobbied on lock and dam rehabilitation projects, carbon capture and sequestration, climate change and a plan to require utilities to generate a percentage of electricity from renewable resources.

Congress is debating an overhaul of a 137-year-old law governing hard-rock mining, such as gold, silver and copper.

The coal industry, meanwhile, has been hurt by the recession because of the cutbacks in steel production.

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The association lobbied Congress, the departments of Defense, Interior, Energy and Labor, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency in the July-September period, according to an Oct. 20 report filed at the House clerk's office.