Mining has been a crucial part of the history and economy of the United States for centuries. However, the practice has come under scrutiny in recent years, with concerns over environmental impacts and worker safety. To ensure that mining practices are safe and responsible, regulatory agencies have developed rules and guidance to guide operators.
Mining can have many environmental impacts, including water pollution from mine runoff, air pollution from industrial operations, and destruction of habitat. Mining regulations aimed at mitigating these impacts often require operators to adopt specific safety measures, such as installing equipment to control dust levels or installing barriers to prevent mine flooding.
Operators must also comply with other regulations aimed at protecting workers. These include rules governing workplace health and safety, including mandatory minimum standards for occupational injuries and illnesses. Workers may also be protected by laws requiring fair pay and safe working conditions.