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Hardrock Mines Don’t Need Extra Cleanup Funding, EPA Decides

Dec. 2, 2017, 12:03 AMUpdated: Dec. 2, 2017, 12:17 AM

Hardrock mines won’t need additional financial coverage for wastes produced by their activities after the EPA determined the risks are small and current state and federal requirements are sufficient.

The mining industry, which had opposed the Obama-era proposal, cheered the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to reverse course. The decision also drew immediate threats of lawsuits from environmental advocates.

“At a time when America is completely import-dependent for many key minerals, we should be supporting domestic mining and encouraging investment in the U.S. to lessen our dependence on foreign supply chains,” Hal Quinn, president of the National Mining Association, said ...

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