Infrastructure Spending Means Positive Economic Impact

According to a study conducted by the College of William & Mary’s Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy (TJPPP), the U.S. needs to implement innovative ways to finance investment in its infrastructure to avoid adding to the deficit.

Whether through public-private partnerships, individual and corporate contributions, or fee lanes, investing in infrastructure is in the best interest of the U.S. economy.

Lead Agency Fees for Administration of SMARA Programs

EnviroMINE conducted a survey of lead agencies to determine the amount each charge to implement their Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1975 (SMARA) program. SMARA requires lead agencies review proposed mining applications for land use permits and/or reclamation plans (or amendments thereto), submit reclamation plans and financial assurances to the State for technical review and comment prior to approval, annually review financial assurances, annually inspect mining operations for compliance, and take enforcement actions where necessary. Section §2207(e) of SMARA indicates the lead agency may impose a fee upon each mining operation to cover the reasonable costs incurred by implementing the program.