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Natural Resources (Mining)

For many years Ice Miller has represented numerous mining companies in a broad range of criminal, civil and administrative litigation and advised mining companies of potential business impacts of the myriad environmental laws applicable to mining:

  • Represented clients in permitting, compliance and enforcement matters before the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, the Indiana Natural Resources Commission and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Office of Surface Mining.
  • Represented clients in criminal investigation and civil litigation relating to all facets of mining, including but not limited to blasting, dewatering, mine subsidence, surface water discharges, ground water pumping, mine and utility waste disposal.
Ice Miller has also advised clients regarding potential business impacts in all facets of air, land and water resources law, including but not limited to:
  • State and federal surface mining and reclamation law,
  • Surface water discharge, including National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System and storm water permitting, compliance and enforcement,
  • Wetlands and Clean Water Act Section 404 and nationwide permitting, compliance and enforcement,
  • CERCLA listing of abandoned mine waste disposal sites,
  • Potential ground and surface water impacts relating to mining processes and mine and utility waste disposal,
  • Ground and air vibrations relating to mine blasting,
  • Abandoned mine lands reclamation law,
  • Air and emissions permitting, compliance and enforcement.
We have substantial experience in representing companies engaged in mining activities, including real estate, general corporate, business transactions and employee matters. We are also called on to interpret the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act and similar laws, for coal companies and others engaged in the extraction of mineral resources.
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