FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Dianna Orf
STATEMENT OF THE COLORADO MINING ASSOCIATION ON OFFICE OF SURFACE MINING RECLAMATION AND ENFORCEMENT PUBLIC HEARINGS FOR THE PROPOSED STREAM PROTECTION RULE
The Colorado Mining Association released the following statement on today’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Announces public hearing for the proposed Stream Protection Rule.
“The Office of Surface Mining’s proposed Stream Protect Rule raises numerous concerns for Colorado’s mining industry. Its concerning that OSM has scheduled just one public meeting in the West and is allowing only 60 days for public comment on a proposed rule of this length and complexity,” said Dianna Orf on behalf of CMA.
“This rule was drafted without the input of Colorado’s state mining regulators who have by far the greatest expertise in the environmental concerns and safeguards for mining operations here. It also appears that this proposed rule ignores the distinct differences between Western and Eastern mining, especially the geology, natural landscape and environmental concerns encountered by Colorado mines.”
CMA joined several organizations such as Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado, local government officials and mining companies to raise concerns about the proposed rule. CMA will work to encourage written comments from a broad base of stakeholders before the comment deadline on September 25.
CMA is an industry association founded in 1876, whose more than 1,000 members include the producers of coal and other minerals throughout the west, as well as vendors and service providers to Colorado’s $8.8 billion industry.