Retrieved 22 April Join 55 other subscribers. Hill Vermont Yankee v. An Act to provide for the cooperation between the Secretary of the Interior and the States with respect to the regulation of surface coal mining operations, and the acquisition and reclamation of abandoned mines, and for other purposes. In and Congress sent mining regulation bills to President Gerald Fordbut he vetoed them out of concern that they would harm the coal industry, increase inflation, and restrict the energy supply.
In addition, questions are often raised about the economic effectiveness of the regulations, as the sums required to restore mined land to agricultural use often exceed the sums such use of the land will yield.
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Through cooperative agreements, the Secretary may delegate the administration of most surface coal mining requirements for the Federal lands program to States with an approved regulatory program. Federal Regulation of Energy. Retrieved 22 April Join 55 other subscribers. Such bonds typically do not cover the costs of reclamation, and there have been instances where companies forfeit these bonds rather than reclaim the site because the cost of reclamation is greater than the bonds.