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 under CERCLA § 108(b).

The American Exploration & Mining Association (AEMA) participated in SBAR Panel as a Small Entity Representative (SER). The panel convened meetings focused on the Agency’s development of the CERLCA 108(b) rule that will duplicate, overlap and pre-empt federal land management agency and state financial assurance requirements that have been in effect for more than 25 years.

The report (found here LINK) blasted EPA saying Advocacy believes that the current approach could unnecessarily threaten the viability of small mines.” The report also criticizes EPA for refusing to allow industry representatives access to information and recommends six areas where the EPA failed to meet the standard of protecting small businesses, suggesting more public comment and information is needed.

“This report demonstrates what EPA has been told by industry, citizens, members of Congress and Western Governors all along: the rule is unnecessary and harmful to small business. EPA must do the right thing, stop wasting taxpayer funds and end this nonsense.” said Laura Skaer, AEMA Executive Director.

The proposed rule was published January 11, 2017 to the Federal Register at 82 Fed Reg 3388.Comments are due on or before March 13, 2017.

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Downloadable PDF: 1-11-2017-aema-sbar-panel-blasts-epa