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Calculating Mine Property Disclosures

Mine Property Disclosures

Securities and Exchange Commission – Modernization of Property Disclosures for Mining Registrants

On February 25th, 2019 the Securities and Exchange Commission’s amendments to modernize the property disclosure requirements for mining registrants went into effect.  The changes rescind Industry Guide 7 and provide new guidance and definitions for property disclosures.  The stated purpose of these amendments is to:

“provide investors with a more comprehensive understanding of a registrant’s mining properties, which should help them make more informed investment decisions. The amendments also will more closely align the Commission’s disclosure requirements and policies for mining properties with current industry and global regulatory practices and standards.”

Registrants subject to mine property disclosures will have until January 1, 2021 to comply with the new rules.  Additional information including the final rule can be accessed and downloaded via the Federal Register or by following the link below.

Is It Illegal to Pick Bluebonnets

Is It Illegal to Pick Bluebonnets?

Texas folklore says it’s illegal to pick Bluebonnets. While this is not true, the underlying message is something we all can respect—that is, let everyone enjoy these beautiful wildflowers as they drive, hike and wander! For tips on how to safely view wildflowers in Texas, visit this blog:

Proposed Waters of the U.S. Revision

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army published a proposed revision to the definition of waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) in the Federal Register on February 14, 2019. The purpose of the proposed rule is to comply with the requirements of Executive Order 13778.

The proposed revised definition of WOTUS includes six categories of waters, as follows:

  • traditionally navigable waters (TNWs) including the territorial seas;
  • tributaries that contribute perennial or intermittent flow to TNWs;
  • certain ditches;
  • certain lakes or ponds;
  • impoundments of otherwise jurisdictional waters; and
  • wetlands adjacent to jurisdictional waters.

The proposed rule is available for public comment, which must be received on or before April 15, 2019, via the federal rulemaking portal (online), e-mail, mail, or hand delivery.

If you have any questions regarding the proposed rule or how it may affect a current or proposed project, please contact Westward’s Ecology Team at (830) 249-8284.

Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month

March marks Women’s History Month and today is International Women’s Day. Women have played a vital role in advancing America’s history and contribute at every level of society to the success of our country and world.

At Westward Environmental, we have more than 20 women in our company who are engineers, geologists, ecologists, environmental compliance, safety, reception, and accounting professionals. Westward believes diversity builds the best teams, and we could not be more proud of ours. We will feature Westward women and the crews they lead in the upcoming weeks.

The First Professional Sports Stadium to Attain LEED Platinum Certification

The First Professional Sports Stadium to Attain LEED Platinum Certification

Many of us are experiencing football withdrawal! The last big game, Super Bowl LIII, may have been a bit lackluster but the venue in which it was played – the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium (MBS) in Atlanta –  is revolutionary.

The MBS is America’s first LEED Platinum (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified venue. While professional football and soccer games are hosted inside the stadium, the design of the massive 1.5-billion-dollar structure will combat environmental challenges on the outside. The stadium can store at least two million gallons of storm water on-site for use on landscape irrigation and the facility’s cooling system. Because of the facility’s large water catchment system, it also helps mitigate flood potential in nearby neighborhoods. Captured water stored on-site will be given to a local community group to distribute for irrigating up to 15,000 trees spread across the metro area. Not only is this stadium a new water resource for the metro, it also has 4,000 solar panels to help power the structure and is equipped with electric vehicle charging stations. The stadium uses LED lighting that can last up to 10 times longer than standard light bulbs, translating into a 60 percent reduction in energy usage. Looks like playing a game at MBS isn’t just play; it’s providing big business, entertainment, and promoting environmental sustainability within its locality.

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