What Mine Operators Can Expect From New EPA Initiatives
March 20, 2012, 1:47 PM EDT
Law360, New York (March 20, 2012, 1:47 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is supposedly in the process of promulgating Comprehensive Environmental Response, Conservation and Liability Act (CERCLA) Section 108(b) financial-assurance regulations. Budget and election-year politics notwithstanding, the EPA is required to act following the U.S. District Court’s Feb. 25, 2009, decision in the Sierra Club, et al. v. Johnson case.
Hardrock mining facilities are the EPA’s top priority. The EPA specifically identified the following facilities within the hardrock mining sector:
Facilities that extract, beneficiate or process metals, e.g., copper, gold, iron, lead...