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U.S. Mines Complete Safest Year Ever, Besting Last Year’s Record

January 04, 2017

2016 marks the safest year ever for American miners. Together, coal mines and metal/non-metal mines last year recorded the lowest fatality and injury rates in the history of U.S. mining – a sign of continuous improvement for an industry that saw a record low the previous year.

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Op-ed: Mining States Face New Threat From Proposed EPA Bonding Requirements

October 07, 2016

Sometimes we forget that mining continues to be a significant part of the U.S. economy. With several thousand mines operating nationwide, the United States is able to produce precious metals such as gold and silver, as well as metals such as zinc, copper, and iron needed to manufacture electric vehicles and solar panels. All of these mineral and metal mines provide good-paying, middle-class jobs for more than 130,00 workers throughout the country.

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Sen. Murkowski (R-Alaska) Press Release: GOA Finds Serious Gaps in Federal Mineral Policies

October 05, 2016

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today welcomed the released of a report she requested form the Government Accountability Office (GAO) examining the federal government’s approach to identifying, assessing, and facilitating domestic mineral supplies. The report outlines a series of significant shortfalls and limitations, which together underscore the urgency and importance of reforming out nation’s mineral policies.

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Op-ed: Michigan miners can’t afford new EPA rule

September 14, 2016

Washington’s top regulatory cop is at it again. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pushing an obscure regulation that aims to duplicate the responsibilities of other federal agencies and preempt state authority, potentially driving an important industry out of business.

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Comments: Western Governors Association to the EPA Administrator on CERCLA 108(b)

August 17, 2016

The Western Governors’ Association (WGA) appreciates the opportunity to provide comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) federalism assessment for the agency’s pending rulemaking under section 108(b) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA) for the hardrock mining industry.

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