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AEMA Joins MSLF – Comments on the Proposed Dithdrawal for Sage Grouse Conservation

AEMA joined with Mountain States Legal Foundation (MSLF) to prepare and file the attached comments on the proposed withdrawal in Sagebrush Focal Areas of more than 10,000,000 acres across 6 states acres from mineral entry. We previously filed joint scoping comments on the proposed withdrawal with MSLF. We strongly recommended that DOI either reject the […]

Senator Risch and Rep. Bishop Lead the Efforts to Repeal BLM’s Epic Land Grab

NATIONAL MINING GROUP APPLAUDS NEW SAGE GROUSE LEGISLATION Senator Risch and Rep. Bishop Lead the Efforts to Repeal BLM’s Epic Land Grab Today, U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-ID) introduced the Greater Sage-Grouse Protection and Recovery Act of 2017 (S.273), allowing states to implement their own specific conservation and management plans to protect greater sage-grouse populations and […]

AEMA Requests Extension of Comment Period Relating to Proposed CERCLA 108(b)

January 25, 2017 Re:  Request for 120-Day Extension of Comment Period Relating to Proposed “Financial Responsibility Requirements Under CERCLA § 108(b) for Classes of Facilities in the Hardrock Mining Industry,” 82 Fed. Reg. 3388 (Jan. 11, 2017). Dear Mr. Benton: American Exploration & Mining Association (AEMA) respectfully requests an extension of 120 additional days, or […]

PRESS RELEASE: Government Small Business Panel Blasts EPA Rule

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JANUARY 11, 2017 GOVERNMENT SMALL BUSINESS PANEL BLASTS EPA RULE Bonding Rules Harm Small Business and Panel Calls on EPA to Change Today, the federal government released the Report of the Small Business Advocacy Review Panel (SBAR Panel) convened for EPA’s proposed rule: Financial Responsibility Requirements for the Hardrock Mining Industry […]

EPA ISSUES JOB KILLING RULE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DECEMBER 2, 2016 EPA ISSUES JOB KILLING RULE EPA CERCLA Financial Assurance Rule Ignores States and Small Business Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its deeply flawed proposed financial assurance rule that duplicates and overlaps the current effective federal and state hardrock mining financial assurance programs and threatens to preempt […]

PRESS RELEASE: Eleventh Hour Withdrawals Cut Public Out of Public Lands Processes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, November 22, 2016  Eleventh Hour Withdrawals Cut Public Out of Public Lands Processes  Yesterday, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced a two-year administrative segregation and proposed withdrawal of approximately 30,000 acres near Gardiner, MT. The Obama administration, in its final days, is misusing executive authority to further impede economic development on multiple-use […]

AEMA Submits Comments for CERCLA 108(b) Hardrock Mining SBAR Panel

The American Exploration & Mining Association (AEMA) submited the following comments in response to the information EPA provided during the pre-panel outreach, prior to the convening of the SBAR Panel and at the SBAR Panel Meeting on August 31, 2016. Full comments available here: AEMA SBAR PANEL COMMENTS 9 16 2016

EPA STONEWALLS SMALL BUSINESSES IN CERCLA RULEMAKING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: AUGUST 31, 2016 EPA STONEWALLS SMALL BUSINESSES IN CERCLA RULEMAKING EPA Refuses to Disclose Formula for Job Killing Rule to Small Business Panel Today the American Exploration & Mining Association (AEMA) participated in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) Panel as a Small Entity Representatives (SERs). The […]

AEMA to Participate in Rulemaking Panel in an Attempt to Bring Transparency and Fairness to Process

EPA FRUSTRATES SMALL BUSINESSES IN FINANCIAL ASSURANCE RULEMAKING AEMA to Participate in Rulemaking Panel in an Attempt to Bring Transparency and Fairness to Process The American Exploration & Mining Association (AEMA) will participate in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) Panel as a Small Entity Representative (SER). The panel is […]

AEMA’s Letters to EPA on CERCLA 108(b) Financial Responsibility SBREFA Panel

Below are the comments AEMA filed in early June and early July 2016 with the EPA as part of the SBREFA small business advocacy review process of CERCLA 108(b) Financial Responsibility rule-making. These letters are written on behalf of the hardrock mining SERs and concerns the pre-panel phase of the CERCLA 108(b) SBREFA process. June 1, 2016 Letter with […]