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

EPA Strikes and Silverton Suffers

  We have seen several disaster shots of Silverton and the pollution resulting from an “accidental” breech of underground mining sludge. Optimistic articles since then say Silverton may be more quickly reducing its pollution levels but that still leaves every town from there down the runoffs and riverbeds to the Colorado. (Photo by Severiano Galván-Newspaper Designer)  Posts are cranking out daily on how EPA is at fault and liable. I mostly agree but felt it warranted a wider view. Timelines help me and hopefully strike a chord with others. This is a complex issue and has warning bells and cautions … Continue reading