Hard Rock Mining Rule by EPA on Hold For Now

  February 24, 2017 Scott Pruitt issued a press release that extended the hard rocking mining comment period on a December 2016 rule EPA proposed. They used the Superfund Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (42 U.S.C. §9601 et seq. (1980)) as their authority to issue the new rule. The act provides a Federal “Superfund” to clean up uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous-waste sites as well as accidents, spills, and other emergency releases of pollutants and contaminants into the environment. Through CERCLA, EPA was given power to seek out those parties responsible for any release and assure their cooperation in … Continue reading