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Ninth Circuit Ruling in Center for Biological Diversity v. Salazar Creates Tension Between Federal and California Law Regarding Idle Mines and Interim Management Plans

As reported earlier this week in the California Land Use Blog, the recent Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Center for Biological Diversity v. Salazar allowed a uranium mine on federal lands in Arizona to re-open after being idled for seventeen years absent any new federal approval or supplemental environmental review. This decision is […]

Ninth Circuit Upholds BLM’s Decision to Allow Uranium Mine — Idled for Seventeen Years — to Reopen Without a New Plan of Operations or Supplemental NEPA Review

On February 4, 2013, a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel issued a ruling in Center for Biological Diversity v. Salazar holding that a mine idled for seventeen years could restart operations without obtaining a new approval from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) or conducting additional environmental review. The Ninth Circuit’s ruling is notable […]

Environmental, Government, Land Use and Natural Resources & Mining

Mining lawyer: California’s SB 108 enacts new legislation pertaining to "idle" mines and addresses some of the problems existing in SMARA’s idle mine provisions, including interim management plans

Mining lawyer: California’s SB 108 enacts new legislation pertaining to “idle” mines and addresses some of the problems existing in SMARA’s idle mine provisions, including interim management plans Kerry Shapiro’s paper on California SB 108, which changes provisions in the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1975 (SMARA) pertaining to “idle” mines, was first presented […]