Home > newsroom > Page
Bishop Statement on EPA CERCLA Announcement


WASHINGTON, D.C., December 3, 2017 -

Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) correctly determined that requirements on the hardrock mining industry for demonstrating financial responsibility under section 108(b) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) are unwarranted. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement:

This is just good policy. States already have innovative, robust regulations to ensure the highest level of environmental protection and reclamation. I commend the EPA for recognizing that mining is vital to rural economies and altering course on this devastating policy. We are already too reliant on foreign nations for minerals that are buried in our backyard. It’s about time we incentivize self-sufficiency and acknowledge existing rigorous federal and state environmental laws.”

Background

In February 2017, Chairman Bishop and Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) sent a letter to EPA Acting Administrator Catherine McCabe requesting a deadline extension to the proposed financial requirements under CERCLA section 108(b). 

Chairman Bishop and Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton also wrote EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in August 2016 detailing their concerns about the increased costs, duplicative regulations and lack of stakeholder input during the development of the rule.


Contact: Committee Press Office 202-226-9019

Latest News

Committee Passes Bill to Improve Regulatory Efficiency, Environmental Progress

Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 3133, the “Streamlining Environmental Approvals (SEA) Act of 2017.” Introduced by Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA), the bill amends the Marine Mamma...... Read more

Minority Leadership Flip Flops on Support for Tribal Rights in House Vote

Today, 158 House Democrats voted against S. 140 (Sen. Jeff Flake, R-AZ), a bill that promotes tribal self-governance over tribal resources, lands and business regulation. Despite claims to overwhelmin...... Read more

Curtis Bill Enhances Antiquities Protections, Creates First Ever Tribally-Managed National Monument

Today, the Subcommittee on Federal Lands held a legislative hearing on H.R. 4532, the “Shash Jaa National Monument and Indian Creek National Monument Act.” Introduced by Rep. John Curtis (R-UT), and c...... Read more

View All News

Calendar

Full Committee Markup
FC Markup | 1324 Longworth House Office Building
Legislative Hearing on Tribal Jobs Bill
Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs | 1324 Longworth House Office Building Washington D.C. 20515
Oversight Hearing, “Examining the Department of the Interior’s Actions to Eliminate Onshore Energy Burdens.”
Energy and Mineral Resources | 1324 Longworth House Office Building Washington D.C. 20515
View All Events