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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Laura Skaer, AEMA Executive Director Testifies Before Congress Tuesday, March 15th AEMA Executive Director Laura Skaer appeared before the Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee to offer testimony on the President’s recent memo “Mitigating Impacts on Natural Resources from Development and Encouraging Related Private Investment.” The corresponding House committee held a similar hearing in February […]
In February Executive Director Laura Skaer testified to the Minnesota House Committee on Natural Resources on the topic of financial assurance. Her testimony was In support of AEMA member Polymet‘s proposed mine.
She was interviewed by many TV, Radio and print media after the hearing.
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