MEDIA ADVISORY: Chair Grijalva, Sen. Heinrich, Rep. Lowenthal to Hold Press Conference on Anniversary of 150-Year-Old Mining Law

Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern at the House Triangle of the U.S. Capitol, House Natural Resources Committee Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), and Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) will hold an in-person press conference to discuss newly introduced legislation to reform the nation’s antiquated Mining Law of 1872.

Chair Grijalva and Sen. Heinrich introduced their House and Senate mining reform bills, both titled the Clean Energy Minerals Reform Act, on April 26, 2022. At the press conference, the lawmakers will discuss their legislation and the importance of reforming our 150-year-old mining law, especially given the increasing demand for critical minerals necessary for a clean energy transition. Rep. Lowenthal, Chair of the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources and original cosponsor on the House bill, will also join the press conference, along with organizations supportive of the legislation.

Modernizing our mineral leasing system will address major environmental justice concerns, protect our public lands, and ensure a fair return for American taxpayers. The full text of Chair Grijalva’s Clean Energy Minerals Reform Act is available here and a fact sheet on the bill is available here. The full text of Sen. Heinrich’s Clean Energy Minerals Reform Act is available here

Media planning to attend the press conference in person should RSVP to Lindsay.Gressard@mail.house.gov




Chair Grijalva, Sen. Heinrich, and Rep. Lowenthal to Hold Press Conference on Mining Reform Legislation


The House Triangle, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.


Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. EDT




Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva

3rd District of Arizona


Sen. Martin Heinrich

New Mexico


Rep. Alan Lowenthal

47th District of California


Lauren Pagel

Policy Director



The Honorable Jeff Stiffarm


Fort Belknap Indian Community


Other attendees will be present and available to speak with press.

Press Contact

Media Contact: Lindsay Gressard

(202) 225-6065 or (202) 740-4715 mobile