The mining industry is optimistic that the Trump administration will reduce regulatory burdens on mining and support efforts to open new mines. Several lawmakers have already introduced mining-related bills, and the American Exploration & Mining Association is working on a “wish list” of mining related asks for the incoming administration.

 For example, the mining industry is hopeful that a newly proposed Superfund bonding requirement for hardrock mines by the EPA will not be implemented. Rather, the industry argues existing corporate guarantees are sufficient. In addition, the mining industry is hopeful lengthy permitting timelines will be addressed and shortened. Permit streamlining legislation has been proposed for several years by Senate Energy and Natural Resources chairperson Lisa Murkowski.