September 9, 2016
TO: The Honorable Gina A. McCarthy
FROM: Chairman Rob Bishop and Chairman Fred Upton
Dear Administrator McCarthy:
Under section I 08(b) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the Agency) is considering creating a regulatory regime for the hard rock mining industry regarding aspects of risk management and financial assurance. Financial assurance is a critical component of any operation to ensure that cleanup, closure, and post-closure activities are carried out once productivity ceases. We understand that the EPA' s current regulatory considerations under section 108(b) are the result of a lawsuit brought by non-governmental organizations in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and that the Court has ordered EPA to complete a proposed rule by December 2016.
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