Gardner Statement on Interior EA

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today reacted to the Department of Interior’s (DOI) environmental assessment (EA) on the Colowyo mine, which indicated that the mine has no significant environmental impact. This clears the way for continued operations at the mine.

In February of 2013, Wildearth Guardians sued DOI in the Colorado Federal District Court, stating that the environmental assessment required by the National Environmental Policy Act was insufficient. The court sided with Wildearth Guardians and gave DOI 120 days to complete a new environmental assessment. If DOI failed to meet its deadline, the mine would shut down.

“I am pleased that the Department of the Interior met the Colorado Federal District Court’s deadline and reached a conclusion that allows for the Colowyo mine to keep its doors open,” said Gardner. “An economic engine for Northwest Colorado, the Colowyo mine supports more than 200 jobs, produces $165 million in economic activity annually, and provides affordable energy to not only the region, but neighboring states. Now that the DOI has met the court’s deadline, the hardworking Colowyo employees should be able to get back to work immediately.”


Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.


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