EPA Extends Comment Period For Hardrock Mining Rule

Law360, San Francisco (February 27, 2017, 4:26 PM EST) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday granted Republican congressmen’s request to extend the public comment period for a new rule that would require hardrock mining facility operators and owners to prove they can pay for cleanup and reclamation efforts associated with their businesses.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said Friday that the agency is extending the commenting period by four months after it received dozens of requests, including a letter from House Republicans, for the extension.

“We are here to listen, and by extending this comment period we are demonstrating that we are listening to miners, owners and operators all across...

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