Lawmakers and several Trade Organizations such as the National Mining Association and the Northwestern Mining and Exploration Association continue to press the EPA to delay the bonding rule which will enforce strict and repetitive requirements for hardrock mines under the Superfund law.
EPA is expected to send the draft of its proposed financial assurance rule for hardrock mining to the Office of Management and Budget for inter-agency review in the near future, the last major milestone before the rule is released to the public.
Elected officials and organizations such as the NMA have been actively engaged with industry allies to pressure EPA to delay the rulemaking process.
It has been criticized that the EPA’s development of the rule is not only repetitive to successful state programs but that the EPA did not adequately analyze existing federal and state financial assurance requirements when evaluating the need for additional regulation.
Letters to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy
Tags: Idaho Mining Association, Mining, EPA, Rulemaking