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AP –  US officials drop mining cleanup rule after industry objects

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) – President Donald Trump’s administration announced Friday that it won’t  require mining companies to prove they have the financial wherewithal to clean up their pollution, despite an industry legacy of abandoned mines that have fouled waterways across the U.S.

The move came after mining groups and Western-state Republicans pushed back against a proposal under former President Barack Obama to make companies set aside money for future cleanup costs.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said modern mining practices and state and federal rules already in place adequately address the risks from mines that are still operating.

Link: https://www.apnews.com/cb2e928657fa44379b3ed696b492d40e/US-officials-drop-mining-cleanup-rule-after-industry-objects

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