EPA and Nuclear Regulatory Commission Expand Regulatory Relief for Uranium Mines

by | Jul 14, 2020

The Trump administration has pledged, via a memorandum of understanding between the Environmental Protection Agency and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, not to pursue more stringent regulations around uranium mine cleanup. Mining associations in uranium-rich states like Wyoming applauded the agreement. “This is something that has been in the works for several years and we’re pleased it has come to this point,” Wyoming Mining Association executive director Travis Deti told The Casper Star Tribune. “We are hopeful the MOU will streamline the regulatory process for uranium recovery, saving time and resources, which will help in getting the industry back on its feet.” Status: Agreement signed July 23, 2020.

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