Hardrock Mines’ State Protections Preclude Federal Rules, EPA Argues

March 13, 2019, 5:00 PM

A regulation requiring hardrock mines to show they have set aside funding to clean up contamination at mining sites would have been “arbitrary and capricious,” an attorney argued for the EPA in court March 13.

The Idaho Conservation League, backed by national environmental advocacy groups, asked a court to review the Environmental Protection Agency’s Dec. 2017 decision not to require hardrock mining operations to have enough funding to pay for environmental damage.

The EPA decided not to issue a final regulation because states and mines said it would be unnecessary. Attorneys argued their sides of the case before ...

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