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Mojave N.P., California -- eight citizen and conservation groups, including NPCA, recently opposed a proposal in San Bernardino County to expand a rare-earth metals mine at Mountain Pass, California.

MOJAVE N.P., California -- Eight citizen and conservation groups, including NPCA, recently opposed a proposal in San Bernardino County to expand a rare-earth metals mine at Mountain Pass, California, in large part because the company that will do the work has a long history of polluting the region's air, land, and water. Molycorp Inc. wants to expand and operate its Mountain Pass mine, bounded on the north and south by the Mojave National Preserve, for 30 more years. The conservation groups have decried the expansion, stating that Molycorp's environmental analysis failed to fully address the effects to human health, air quality, and water resources. They also argue that Molycorp merits extra scrutiny because of what they say is the company's history of violating environmental laws, and that the county's Draft Environmental Impact Report omitted major parts of the project.
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Title Annotation:National Parks Conservation Association
Publication:National Parks
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 1, 2003
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