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  Allard to fight mining plans
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Last EditedRP  Dec 07, 2005 02:08pm
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News DateWednesday, December 7, 2005 08:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionIn a rare break with fellow Republicans, Sen. Wayne Allard said Tuesday that he will oppose proposed mining law changes that critics say would trigger a "fire sale" of public lands.

Environmentalists have expressed serious concerns about a mining provision included in a House of Representatives version of a pending budget bill.

Critics say the provision, backed by Rep. Richard Pombo, R-Calif., would make changes in an 1872 mining law that could open millions of acres of public lands to mining operations.
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