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ANNUAL FLY-IN - April 12-17, 2015

 

2015 Issues Papers

The following issue papers were presented to Congressional Staff, Members, and other officials during the WMC 2015 FlyIn to Washington D.C.

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Permitting Delays - WMC supports legislation that addresses the need to develop our own resources within a context of a coordinated, expedited permitting processes that avoids duplication. [Amodei: H.R.1937 - To require the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to more efficiently develop domestic sources of the minerals and mineral materials of strategic and critical importance to United States economic and national security and manufacturing competitiveness. Murkowski: S.883 - American Mineral Security Act of 2015]

WOTUS - Waters of the U.S. - EPA’s current rulemaking is significantly flawed as it fails to provide reasonable clarity and definitions; it is inconsistent with Supreme Court precedent; and it fails to properly analyze the adverse effects on jobs creation and economic growth.
Obama admin finalizes WOTUS as stakeholders gird for battle
Greenwire: Wednesday, May 27, 2015

CERCLA 108b Financial Assurance - Imposition of new burdensome and duplicative financial assurance requirements by EPA creates uncertainty, drives off investment in the U.S., and has an adverse impact on jobs creation. A thorough analysis of existing state and federal financial assurance programs is required prior to any issuance of an EPA rule.

Sage Grouse - The widespread mineral withdrawals and stringent land use restrictions the US Department of the Interior is proposing in sage-grouse habitat areas throughout the west pose the most serious threat to natural resource development in decades – despite the significant sage-grouse conservation efforts underway in western states. Senator Gardner’s Sage Grouse Protection and Conservation Act is critically important legislation designed to ensure the states’ conservation plans have time to work to avoid the need to list the bird as a Threatened or Endangered species and to prevent sweeping mineral withdrawals and land use restrictions. [Gardner: S.1036 - A bill to require the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to provide certain Western States assistance in the development of statewide conservation and management plans for the protection and recovery of sage-grouse species, and for other purposes.] Sage Grouse Briefing

EPA Regulations Will Inflict Enormous Costs - The carbon emissions and ozone rules proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be its most costly regulations yet, threatening jobs, impeding economic growth, increasing electricity costs, and reducing reliability of our nation’s electric grid without providing commensurate benefits. WMC requests support for legislation to halt EPA’s rush to regulate without performing sufficient analysis of macroeconomic effects, and we support a truly “All of the Above” energy policy.

Administration Overreach - Administration overreach is not limited to actions by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Department of Interior (DOI) Office of Surface Mining continues to pursue unnecessary stream buffer zone rules which would eliminate the ability to recover over one-third of proven US coal reserves. The DOI’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) is proposing changes to the way it calculates royalties on federally-owned coal, which deters capital investment. The White House Council on Environmental Quality has drafted guidance requiring federal agencies to assess and mitigate greenhouse gas when conducting an Environmental Impact Statement. All these actions hamper U.S. energy security, while deterring investment and job creation.

Coal Graphics - Over the past four decades investments in state of the art pollution control equipment have driven a nearly 90% reduction in emissions while fueling a 125% increase in coal-based electricity generation and enabling a 116% increase in GDP per capita. Clean, affordable, reliable and abundant coal is the bedrock of the United States economy.