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Posted: Friday, January 29, 2016 10:45 pm | Updated: 9:20 pm, Mon Feb 1, 2016.
By Rebecca Moss
The New Mexican
Mining companies and the federal government may soon be responsible for cleaning up toxic waste that results from hard-rock extraction, an issue that has plagued New Mexico for decades.
On Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to finalize regulations by December for hard-rock mining — such as iron, copper, lead and uranium — that include requirements for companies to cover waste cleanup costs. The ruling was issued in a case brought by several environmental organizations, including New Mexico-based Amigos Bravos.
The court order outlines the potential for the EPA to create similar requirements for the coal, chemical and oil industries by 2020.
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