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.
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.