Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have revised controversial legislation that would allow the sale of some public lands for mining. They're hoping to appease Western senators, including Colorado's Wayne Allard, who have objected to it.
The change would bar direct sales of some lands that no longer contain minerals. Critics had warned that provision would have allowed a "fire sale" of tens of millions of acres of public lands now used for recreation.
Environmental groups say the fix would still leave many public lands vulnerable to development
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