January 04, 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.