Friday, July 19, 2019

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AEMA Welcomes Court Decision on EPA Rule

SPOKANE, WA – Today the American Exploration & Mining Association released the following statement in response to the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to uphold the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision not to impose new duplicative financial assurance requirements on hardrock mines under section 108(b) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).

“AEMA and its members welcome the court’s decision to reject environmental groups’ challenge of EPA’s final action not to enforce duplicative financial assurance requirements,” said American Exploration & Mining Association Executive Director Mark Compton. “Today’s decision represents a significant victory for the hardrock mining industry and confirms that the comprehensive spectrum of federal and state regulatory programs already in place fully address financial assurance requirements and substantially reduce the environmental risks associated with mining.”