"I think some in the Legislature think that once the state gets control of this, it changes radically and organizations such as my own will no longer be able to participate in the development of permits and the enforcement of permits. They're wrong about that."
"Despite notices of violation and sending warning letters out since the permit was issued, we continue to have annual dredge-in events where there has been mining in closed areas as well as a lot of individual violations."
The EPA says the new rule would clarify its authority, allowing the government to limit pollution—particularly in smaller bodies of water—adding that major bodies of water are largely protected but streams that flow into the larger bodies need more oversight.
Industry says the EPA’s retreat on an investigation into water contamination in Wyoming was recognition of over-reaching. Environmentalists see an agency systematically disengaging from any research into the safety of drilling