Associated Press - July 13, 2009 2:14 PM ET
DENVER (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency is developing a rule to guarantee hardrock mining companies will pay for environmental cleanup at their operations.
The agency said Monday it is working on the details and expects to file a proposed rule by spring 2011.
A federal judge in February ordered the EPA to close loopholes that allow companies to get out of paying for costly cleanups by declaring bankruptcy
he EPA said requirements will ensure hardrock miners will finance the cleanup but did not release more specifics.
Hardrock mining companies produce such metals as copper, gold, iron, lead and uranium as well as nonmetallic, non-fuel materials.