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Mining firms run afoul of environmental laws

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has ordered the closure of 23 mining firms and the suspension of five others for violations of environmental laws and regulations. As in all such major government actions, there are pros and cons that the government must now consider in the national interest.

IN the last Congress, a bill was filed in the House of Representatives to split the Department of Environment and Natural Resources into two departments – the Department of Environment and the Department of Natural Resources.

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