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Court Issues Order to Hold Biggest Polluters Accountable for Cleanup Costs

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By Bonnie Gestring

January 29, 2016

It was good news all around today for the millions of families that live near polluted industrial sites, and the American taxpayers who have footed the cleanup bill all too often. Today, the Court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stop letting polluters off the hook for the contamination they cause.  

For 30 years, the EPA has failed to issue rules under CERCLA, the “Superfund” law, to hold industries accountable, up front, for cleanup costs. As a result, company after company has found a way to pass the cost of environmental disasters on to taxpayers.

Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals issued a decision that will help to fix that.

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Tagged with: mining, epa, financial assurance, mine waste, bonding, court decision, cercla 108b


Sage Grouse to Gain from Mineral Withdrawal

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By Bonnie Gestring

December 9, 2015

The greater sage grouse is an umbrella species, emblematic of the health of the sagebrush habitat it shares with more than 350 other kinds of wildlife, including world-class populations of mule deer, elk, pronghorn, and golden eagles.

Sage grouse once occupied nearly half a million square miles and numbered in the millions. Now, this iconic Western bird, with its flamboyant dance, occupies a little more than half of its historic range, and its numbers have declined to several hundred thousand.

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Tagged with: mining, public lands, blm, sage grouse


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