Mining and reclamation, water quality and endangered species: reconciling conflicts and recognizing opportunities

Mining and reclamation, water quality and endangered species: reconciling conflicts and recognizing opportunities A presentation by Wayne Whitlock to the California Mining Association Annual Conference in May 2005 addressed the impacts of growing water quality and endangered species requirements on the already heavily regulated mining industry. These requirements add increasing complexity and conflicting demands to the permitting, operation and reclamation of the state's mines and quarries. The presentation suggested a strategic approach to addressing these challenges and reconciling the conflicts.