UPDATE (Feb. 27, 2017): The EPA has extended the comment period, as requested by Western Governors, for its proposed rule. (More)
Western Governors repeated their concerns about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed rule, Financial Responsibility Requirements under CERCLA § 108(b) for Classes of Facilities in the Hardrock Mining Industry, and requested a comment period extension in outreach on Feb. 21, 2017.
The Governors enumerated several concerns, among them "a lack of substantive state engagement during rule development and potential preemption of existing state regulations," and requested a 120-day comment period extension.
Noting that "many western states rely on the hardrock mining industry for economic development and employment," the Governors asserted that EPA's proposed rule to "establish financial assurance regulations for the hardrock mining industry will negatively affect state economies. It may also hamper existing, effective state financial assurance programs."
The letter to EPA's Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery was signed by WGA Chair and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and WGA Vice Chair and South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard.