A message from the Executive Director:
I’m really looking forward to seeing you all in just a few days at our Annual Convention and Trade Show in Anchorage. I hope to be able to tell you the exciting developments happening in our industry – better, I hope you’ll enjoy hearing directly from representatives of mining operations and projects, regulatory agency officials, and policymakers about the future of Alaska’s miners.
Why am I so excited? Well, lack of sleep makes me excitable. Why do I have a lack of sleep? Because there is just so much to be a part of! The wide array of changes impacting Alaska’s miners has kept me, and so many others, quite busy. Through the guidance from AMA’s Federal and State Oversight Committees, AMA has advocated for sound policies through more avenues than I can remember in my time here, and what I also cannot recall is ever seeing this much progress. Yes, progress.
Developments AMA has been a part of in the very recent past include: a proposal to rescind the Obama Administration’s Waters of the United States Rule, and directive for the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to create a new rule that complies with the definitions directed by the United States Supreme Court. We’ve seen EPA propose to withdraw its Proposed Determination to restrict development at the Pebble Project under the Clean Water Act. A Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council. Reviews of the NEPA process that ensure permitting is streamlined, efficient, and agencies are held accountable while still meeting their missions of environmental protection. Proposals to reform the Endangered Species Act. EPA announcing the end of Sue and Settle!
Now you know why I’m excited. I feel that this is just the start of a refreshing transformation in regulation of the country’s regulated community, and we should expect a much longer list of sound policies that enhance, not burden, America’s mining industry.
Please join us November 5-11 at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage to learn about all this progress, and how the mining industry is responding through careful consideration of investment, exploration, expansion, and more. If you need more information about what we have in store for you, please visit our website at www.alaskaminers.org, or give us a call at the office. We’re happy to help sign you up!
Thank you for your support of AMA all year long, and particularly as we embark on our largest gathering of the year. I’ll see you soon!