Journal of Environmental Law & Litigation : Vol. 25, No. 1, p. 123-188 : Developing a Sustainable Hardrock Mining and Mineral Processing Industry: Environmental and Natural Resource Law for Twenty-First Century People, Prosperity, and the Planet
Major regulatory reforms and a few statutory changes are necessary to control pollution from active and inactive hardrock mining and mineral processing operations and abandoned mine lands. Parts I, II, and III discuss reforms to RCRA, the CWA, and CERCLA, respectively, which would enhance governmental oversight of this industry and, in so doing, better protect human health and the environment. Part IV discusses congressional action to reform natural resource laws that will preserve treasured national landscapes including sacred sites, avoid conflict with federal Indian law, and protect natural capital. Part V describes how Congress can encourage sustainable development of the U.S. mining and mineral processing industry by integrating environmental protection into global trading systems. Finally, Part VI concludes that now is the time to take advantage of opportunities for government actions to develop a sustainable hardrock mining and mineral processing industry.