American Exploration & Mining Association Files Lawsuit in Nevada Federal Court Challenging Endangered Species Act Settlement

The American Exploration & Mining Association (AEMA) announced that it has joined three other plaintiffs in filing a lawsuit in federal District Court for the District of Nevada to set aside the settlement the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) reached in 2011 with environmental groups. The settlement unlawfully prohibits USFWS from carrying out the […]

AEMA Supports Natural Resourse Provisions of Defense Bill

The American Exploration & Mining Association (AEMA) encourages Congress to include Title 30, without amendments, when the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) comes to the floor later this week. The Natural Resources provisions represent a carefully negotiated, balanced package of legislation that will create jobs and promote domestic production of critical and strategic minerals. Most […]

AEMA Files Waters of the US Rule Comments

AEMA has filed comments on the EPA/ACOE proposed rule on definition of waters of the U.S. (WOTUS).  The comments criticize the rule as deeply flawed and an unnecessary.  AEMA also brings light to the EPA/ACOES’s failure to meet the legal requirement to convene a Small Business Review panel. AEMA WOTUS Comments Nov 10 2014

SBA tells EPA: Stop WOTUS and Listen to Small Business

The Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy has sent a letter to the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers telling them the withdrawal the Waters of the US (WOTUS) Rule and meet the legal obligation to convene a small business review panel. SBA Advocacy Letter to EPA

Help Eliminate Hazards to Birds

AEMA, in partnership with the BLM, USFS, NMA and the American Bird Conservancy, reminds everyone to be diligent about replacing and removing open pipe claim markers.  While our industry has done an outstanding job of eradicating these past markers, there are still few left that need to be addressed.  Together, with our partners above, we […]

AEMA Files Comments Objecting to IRMA Proposal

AEMA has filed comments decrying The Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA).  This DRAFT standard was developed by a multi-stakeholder group comprised of the most reputed anti-mining voices on earth with little  voice of responsible mining companies or communities. Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance Comments

TV’s Mike Rowe: Remember the Miners

Take a look at TV’s Mike Rowe from CNN’s “Someones’ Gotta Do It” and Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs” talk about the importance of mining in our everyday lives.  

AEMA Critical Habitat Comments

AEMA, in conjunction with several other associations, submitted comments to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service (Services) on two rulemakings and one policy proposal regarding the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  The comments are a continuation of IMA-NA’s engagement with the Services related to the increased ESA activity.  The newest […]

18 Members of Congress Question the Interior Department’s Bias & Lack of Transparency with Federal Sage Grouse Science

Members Criticize Obama Administration’s Emphasis on ESA Settlement Deadlines Over Best Available Data WASHINGTON, D.C., October 16, 2014 -The House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04), Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Subcommittee Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01), and 16 Members of Congress sent a letter to the Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell expressing ongoing […]

Congressman Amodei Responds to Sage Grouse Letter

Congressman Mark Amodei of Nevada recently responded to a letter from the USFWS to the Nevada Sagebrush Ecosystem Council.   USFWS Letter: Region 8 Sage Grouse Letter to the Sagebrush Ecosystem Council Amodei Response: Amodei repsonse to USFWS reg 8