In June, the full Senate Appropriations Committee, by a vote of 16-14, passed the fiscal year 2016 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.
The Senate measure takes steps to invest in programs that promote responsible resource development on our public lands while funding important environmental programs, including several policy riders supported by the mining industry, including:
- CLEAN POWER PLAN: Prohibits the EPA from forcing federal plans on states that oppose the administration’s greenhouse gas regulations on power plants;
- FINANCIAL ASSURANCE: Bars the EPA from requiring duplicative financial surety rules on the mining industry;
- WOTUS: Bans funding for the EPA’s waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule;
- OZONE: Stops the EPA from lowering the ozone standard until 85% of countries in noncompliance with the current standard come into compliance;
- NEPA/GHG: Prohibits action by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) to include climate change into National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews, which falls outside of NEPA’s scope; and
- SAGE GROUSE: Continued prohibition on listing the sage-grouse as an endangered species.
Source: Utah Mining Association June 2015 Newsletter – UMA Website
A summary of the legislation provided by the Appropriations Committee can be found here.
- Utah Mining Association June 2015 Newsletter – UMA Website