The Fairfield Sun Times reports on a new conversation bill.
- Montana Senators Steven Daines and John Tester have introduced bipartisan legislation that will look to accelerate clean up of abandoned mines.
- Under the Good Samaritan Remediation of Abandoned Hardrock Mines Act a pilot permitting program will be created to help not-for-profit organizations move forward in the mine reclamation and cleaning process.
- The legislation will also help Good Samaritan organizations navigate federal rules and oversight to lower the risk that not-for-profits face for conservation efforts.
- This bill is a great example of common sense, bipartisan legislation that protects our environment.
“Montana has approximately 6,000 abandoned hardrock mines according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Organizations that have no legal or financial responsibility to an abandoned mine – true Good Samaritans – want to participate in reclamation. Unfortunately, liability and bureaucratic red-tape could leave these Good Samaritans legally liable for circumstances outside of their control, even though they had no involvement with the mine prior to cleaning it up.”
Read the full article here.