With a unanimous vote of 50 representatives on first debate, the mining code reform was approved.
Next Tuesday second debate will be voted and if approved, along with the signature of President Laura Chinchilla, it will come into effect.
"The bill amends the Mining Code, so that the executive branch cannot grant more permits to explore or mine metals such as copper, silver and gold with the strip mining method," according to La Nacion.
A Congress committee has initiated an investigation into a new law that would prohibit mining within national territory.
The parliamentary initiative seeks to eliminate mining in El Salvador," a communication by the Legislative Assembly states.
"On the Committee for the Environment and Climate Change both the governing left and opposition right leaning parties are represented and all agree on the need to enact a law that bans the exploitation of the country's mineral resources," reports Laprensagrafica.com.
In its initial ministerial meeting, the new government issued a decree imposing an indefinite moratorium on all forms of gold mining.
The moratorium will apply on gold metal, “exploration, exploitation and benefitting from materials extracted using cyanide or mercury”. It will become active once published in the official government gazette.