- Policy Platforms
WGA Policy Resolution 2021-09, Cleaning Up Abandoned Hardrock Mines in the West: Western Governors call on Congress to protect “Good Samaritans” that voluntarily clean up abandoned mines from potential liability under the Clean Water Act, CERCLA, and RCRA. The resolution enunciates the Governors’ support for pilot projects if comprehensive legislation is not possible and provides recommendations for Good Samaritan remediation plans, permitting, reviews, and approvals that will facilitate the voluntary cleanup of abandoned mines and allow for responsible development on remediated mine land. This updated resolution also calls for increased federal funding and workforce capacity dedicated to addressing the backlog of abandoned hardrock mine inventory. Read, download the resolution.