Navajo Company, US, Reach Mine Site Immunity Deal

Feb 28, 2020

A Navajo tribal company has reached an agreement that would allow the U.S. government to enforce environmental laws at its coal properties in Tennessee.

The Navajo Transitional Energy Company-owned Antelope Mine in Wyoming.
Credit Casper Star Tribune

Navajo Transitional Energy Company bought the properties following the bankruptcy of Gillette-based Cloud Peak Energy in 2019. As a tribal entity, NTEC normally would be able to claim sovereign immunity and avoid being sued by government agencies seeking to enforce laws. NTEC's limited waiver of sovereign immunity agreement with the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement would allow the federal agency to enforce laws including the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act.