Major Federal Policy and Regulatory Issues
BLM Planning 2.0
The Bureau of Land Management has initiated a rulemaking to revamp its land planning process. In Arizona the BLM manages 12.2 million surface acres of land and 17.5 million mineral acres which means that the land planning process will have a direct and substantive impact on mining activities. The AMA has numerous concerns with the proposed rule including a lack of compliance with the Federal Land Policy Management Act (FLPMA), reliance on unproven “citizen science” for land use decisions, the creation of new mitigation obligations, and expansion of planning boundaries to massive eco-regional areas.
Read the AMA's Comments on BLM Planning 2.0 as submitted to the Federal Register.
CERCLA Financial Assurance
As required by a D.C. Circuit Court decision, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued on December 1 a pre-publication notice of a proposed rulemaking pursuant to section 108(b) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA) for the hard rock mining industry. These new bonding requirements would be duplicative with existing state financial assurance requirements and present an immense new financial obligation for mining companies based on predicted future clean-up costs. The pre-publication copy of the proposed rule can be found on the EPA's website.
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