Good Samaritan bill could clean up old mines

Gilman, Sarah
May 2006
High Country News;5/29/2006, Vol. 38 Issue 10, p6
The article focuses on the legislation that has been introduced in April 2006 in Colorado to solve the problems created by the Clean Water Act. The Clean water Act hampered the efforts to clean up thousands of orphaned hardrock mines across the West. Therefore, in order to solve the problems posed by the Act, the Democratic Representative of Colorado John Salazar introduced a legislation in April 2006. Salazar's bill proposes a 10 year pilot program confined to historic mine sites in the Animas River drainage, where mining's impacts on water quality have been studied intensively since 1994. The bill, by using a permit system, would protect the Stakeholders and other groups from liability while they conduct partial cleanups on 27 of the dirtiest mines


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