New Law Limits ‘Bad Actors’ in Nevada Mining | Mining

Potential “bad actors” in the mining industry face an additional challenge in starting exploration or mining projects in Nevada, with Assembly Bill 148 becoming law after Nevada’s 81st legislative session .

AB148 prohibits a business applying for a reclamation permit from receiving one if the business or anyone with a controlling interest in the business has breached a reclamation-related obligation anywhere in the United States.

The law, known as the “Bad Actors Act,” prohibits granting a permit to any applicant who is in default on a rehabilitation bond. In the updated application requirements, an applicant must submit an affidavit stating that the company and all controlling parties are in good standing with all other state and federal agencies with respect to the restoration of operations of exploration and mining outside of Nevada.

The bill’s sponsor, Congresswoman Sarah Peters, D-Reno, said she introduced the bill after representatives from a steelworkers’ union recommended that Nevada adopt regulations similar to the law. about “bad actors” in Montana.

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“For them it wasn’t just the natural resources of our land and water etc, it was the natural resources of our work and wanting to make sure we didn’t get into a situation that they saw where their communities are being dragged into the mining industry, who are employed by the mining industry, see the damage done by bad actors, manipulating the regulatory process and leaving behind natural disasters that affect our families” , Peters said in a phone conversation.

Nevada already had a regulatory recovery process in place that was “pretty rigid,” Peters said. State law requires mining and exploration projects to have sufficient financial insurance in place to cover reclamation in the event of abandonment or bankruptcy.

The lawmaker, who is an environmental engineer with experience working in the mining industry, said she sees AB148 as additional protection to ensure Nevada’s natural resources are protected from dubious companies or individuals drawn by the State due to favorable market conditions.

“But we know that as gold prices go up, we see more and more interest in the market, right?” Peters said. “And that brings in different actors who could potentially bring in these different attitudes about what it means to mine in the state of Nevada.”

The Nevada Mining Association initially opposed the bill, according to testimony at a committee meeting, but worked with the sponsor to revise the bill’s wording to provide clear definitions and narrow the scope. to include reclamation only.

“Through those negotiations and by coming up with those definitions and the narrowing of the language, we were able to overcome those concerns,” Peters said.

The changes led to NVMA support.

“Nevada leads the world in mining regulations, which has led the best mining operators in the world to locate in Nevada. Simply put, we’re doing it the right way,” NVMA President Tire Gray said in an email. “The NVMA and its members have no problem with the state making it known that Nevada will not accept bad actors into our industry.” 

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