Hardrock mine operators would be required to secure Superfund financial assurances to cover hazardous discharges, under a new Environmental Protection Agency proposal.
The agency released the highly anticipated proposal Dec. 2, but the EPA hasn’t yet published it in the Federal Register.
Industry groups, including the National Mining Association, and Republican lawmakers immediately criticized the measure.
“This rule is unnecessary, redundant and poorly constructed, and exemplifies all the problems of rushed rulemaking from an outgoing administration,” said the mining association’s President Hal Quinn in a statement, pointing to state requirements already in place. “Current programs already address the ...