Western Governors applaud Senate introduction of bipartisan bill to encourage Good Samaritan abandoned hardrock mine cleanup

In a letter to the Senate, Western Governors applauded the introduction and bipartisan support of the Good Samaritan Remediation of Abandoned Hardrock Mines Act, which provides a pilot project to test the provisions of legal protections for Good Samaritans who help with abandoned hardrock mine cleanup. The letter of March 17, signed by WGA Chair, Idaho Gov. Brad Little, and WGA Vice-Chair, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, supported the pilot for addressing Good Samaritans’ exposure to Clean Water Act and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act liabilities. “The proposed pilot program has the potential to fully unlock the power of the Hardrock Mine Reclamation Fund established by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act,” the letter read. It would also, “help pave the way for a comprehensive and permanent mechanism to address the 22,500 mines that the Government Accountability Office deems hazardous to the environment.” Read, download the letter to see the full set of recommendations.

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