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EPA Abandons Proposed Rule on Hardrock Mining

Situation

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule that would require the hardrock mining industry to secure $7 billion in financing for U.S. mining operations. Representing a Fortune 500 mining and agricultural chemical processing company, our team coordinated with the National Mining Association on a strategy to halt the proposed rule.

Result

Our client and other mining industry stakeholders submitted detailed public comments explaining how the minimal environmental risk involved in modern mining practices, combined with existing state and federal financial assurance requirements, made the proposed rule unnecessary and unduly burdensome. The EPA agreed and abandoned the rule proposal.

Husch Blackwell Team: Jason A. Flower, Robert F. Wilkinson, Megan P. Caldwell, Megan E. McLean