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SFAA Addresses Concerns in Proposed Federal Hard Rock Mining Rules

Wednesday, August 2, 2017  

SFAA Addresses Concerns in Proposed Federal Hard Rock Mining Rules

SFAA made recommendations to the Environmental Protection Agency concerning the proposed rules establishing financial responsibility requirements for hard rock mining operations to implement an existing law to make the proposed bonding requirements more workable for sureties. The proposed rules would apply to operations that mine metals and non-metallic fuel minerals. Surety bonds would be accepted to meet the requirement. Owners and operators of these mines would have to demonstrate and to maintain financial responsibility based on the degree and duration of risk associated with the treatment, production, transportation, storage, and disposal of hazardous substances at their facilities. The costs that the financial responsibility would have to cover include response costs, health assessment costs, and natural resource damages. The amount of financial responsibility would be based on response costs, the type of operation, the state in which the mine is located, natural resource damages, and a health assessment.

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