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Dropping EPA Mine Cleanup Rule Draws Suit From Environmentalists

May 16, 2018, 7:50 PM

An EPA decision not to hold hardrock mining companies accountable for millions in environmental cleanup costs amounts to a giveaway to the industry, environmental groups suing the agency said.

The environmental groups, led by the Idaho Conservation League, are challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s December 2017 decision to drop an Obama-era proposal (RIN:2050-AG61) that would have required mining companies to prove they had sufficient funds to clean up their sites through insurance, bonds, or guarantees. Without that rule in place, mining companies can simply walk away from pollution they created, leaving taxpayers with the tab, the environmental ...

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