EPA Nixes Hardrock Mining Rule, Enviros Say They'll Sue

Law360, San Francisco (December 1, 2017, 10:01 PM EST) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that it will not issue final regulations requiring hardrock mining facilities to prove they can pay for cleanup efforts that their operations might necessitate, spurring environmentalists to vow that they’ll sue over the latest in a series of Obama-era environmental rules rolled back by the Trump administration.

The mining rule, introduced by the EPA on Jan. 11, had sought to tighten companies’ financial responsibilities under the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act. The regulation was meant to ensure that...
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