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Protect Peehee Mu’huh – Thacker Pass

Thacker Pass is a fast-tracked lithium mine proposed in Northern Nevada. Better known as Peehee Mu’huh (Rotten Moon) by the Paiute and Shoshone people, this mine will lie just 15 miles from the Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone’s reservation border. 

Dirty mining is NOT clean energy! Current estimates show that the mine will produce 152,703 tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year. It plans to use 1.7 billion gallons of water per year, in the driest state in the west. The mine will use a clay extraction method that is similar to open pit mining, and will have a tailings facility that will be the first of its kind. To extract the Lithium from clay, the mine will have an onsite Sulfuric Acid Plant that will produce 2900 tons of Sulfuric Acid per day and will burn 680,000 tons of sulfur per year. 

Support reform of the 1872 Mining Law

The incredibly outdated 1872 Mining Law legally makes mining the “highest and best use” of public lands in the United States. The law legally makes it difficult for frontline community voices to be respected and listened to in decisions around permitting mines.

Now there is a new push for extraction of “critical minerals”, potentially fast tracking already outdated mining laws. It is more important than ever to make sure our laws are refined to ensure that ecosystems and community well-being is prioritized! The Biden Administration has released a fact sheet addressing the “clean energy” transition. The administration has launched an interagency working group focused on reform of this archaic law. The administration released their guiding principles and here you can view Earthworks suggested reform. You can voice your support for reforming the 1872 mining law by calling, writing or emailing your State Representative. Find your Representative here.

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