Publications

Comment on the proposed financial responsibility requirements under CERCLA 108(b) for the Hardrock Mining Industry

July 10, 2017 • Earthworks
Publications

The Economic Rationality of EPA’s Proposed Financial Responsibility Requirements under CERCLA 108(b) for Hardrock Mining Industry Facilities

July 10, 2017 • Tom Power, PhD

Comments on EPA’s Regulatory Impact Analysis of the CERCLA 108(b) for Hardrock Mining

Media Releases

Trump picks industry puppet to lead EPA

January 17, 2017 • Earthworks

Washington, D.C. -- President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, owns a track record that puts him directly at odds with the mission of the agency which he hopes to head.

Publications

Letter to EPA re: CERCLA 108(b) financial assurance regulations

July 15, 2016 • Earthworks

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Statement of Earthworks Policy Director, Lauren Pagel, on passage of HR 5538, the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2017

July 14, 2016 • Earthworks

“As public health risks grow due to climate change and associated water scarcity, Congress is shrinking from its duty to protect the public. The latest example of this irresponsibility came today when the House of Representatives passed The Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2017 (HR 5338) which is laden with  provisions that put taxpayers, the public and our environment at risk, including:

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Report: EPA must avoid coal mine self-bonding fiasco to ensure metal mines pay for hazardous waste clean-up, not taxpayers

July 12, 2016 • Earthworks | Center for Science in Public Participation

WASHINGTON, DC / MISSOULA, MT - - Today Earthworks released a report, Making Polluters Pay -- How EPA can ensure mining companies, not taxpayers, pay for mine clean-up, calling upon the Environmental Protection Agency to learn from recent financial fallout of coal mining bankruptcies as it writes rules to require mining companies provide guaranteed funds, up front, for hazardous waste clean-up at metal mines.

Publications

Making Polluters Pay

July 12, 2016 • Stu Levit

How EPA can ensure mining companies, not taxpayers, pay for mine clean-up using their authority under CERCLA 108b

EARTHblog

Court Issues Order to Hold Biggest Polluters Accountable for Cleanup Costs

January 29, 2016 • Bonnie Gestring

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.