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  • U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., stands at the filled-in entrance to the abandoned Formosa Mine outside Riddle, Ore., on Thursday, April 17, 2014, where acidic water is running out and flowing downhill to pollute a creek. DeFazio toured the abandoned mine to bring attention to the failings of current mining regulation and his intention to file legislation to overhaul the 1872 Mining Act. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard)

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  • DeFazio, D-Ore., said the Formosa Mine, which is on federal and private land outside Riddle, illustrates what is wrong about the 1872 Mining Act: The Canadian companies that reopened the mine in the 1990s have disappeared, the bond put up for cleanup was nowhere near enough to cover the true costs, and the federal government never got a penny in royalties.

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