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Prove Mining Assurances Need EPA Boost, States Say

Aug. 18, 2016, 4:00 AM

The Environmental Protection Agency continues to fall far short in placating opposition to a new Superfund financial assurance rule for hardrock mining, according to interviews and comments released to Bloomberg BNA.

Some state stakeholders, in fact, strongly contest the need for any new federal assurance regulations.

State regulations are proving sufficient to cover hardrock mining risk, argued comments made to the EPA. Further, the agency’s unwillingness to disclose substance indicators for the new rule is leading to frustration and confusion among some with the Interstate Mining Compact Commission, the Western Governors’ Association and other state representatives, those groups said in ...