Udall bill would help clean up mines

October 15, 2009


Elizabeth Russell, who works on Kerber Creek and other mine cleanup projects for Trout Unlimited, said the legislation also would likely free up funding from government agencies and other organizations who might have shied away from doing so because of the liability concern.

“We’re keeping our fingers crossed,” she said.

The bill, titled the “Good Samaritan Cleanup of Abandoned Hardrock Mines Act” is in the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.


Bill by Sen. Mark Udall facilitates cleanup of old mines by citizen groups

October 15, 2009

By Michael Riley
The Denver Post

Udall’s bill would streamline the permitting process for groups who otherwise would have to obtain a permit under the Clean Water Act to clean up an old mine — a process that can sometimes take years — while also shielding those groups from liability for not completing the job to exacting federal standards.

While the idea is supported by groups such as Trout Unlimited, it is opposed by some major environmental groups that believe it would make the Clean Water Act a target for lawmakers who want to weaken the landmark legislation.

“There are some groups that are of the opinion that we can’t touch the Clean Water Act because if we do, by God, it will be eviscerated in the Congress. I think that is a playing-not-to- lose offense,” according to Chris Wood, chief operating officer of Trout Unlimited.


Udall introduces new ‘Good Samaritan’ water clean-up legislation

October 15, 2009
Colorado Independent
By Katie Redding

Calling past opposition a “spirited debate in the environmental community about the best way forward,” Udall pointed to two environmental groups who have already agreed to support the new bill: Trout Unlimited and Earthworks.

Trout Unlimited Chief Operating Officer Chris Wood released a statement in support of the bill, pointing to EPA data indicating that abandoned hardrock mines contaminate 40 percent of Western streams.


Udall Sponsors Plan To Clean Up Old Mines

October 15, 2009
By Judith Kohler, AP Writer

Chris Wood, Trout Unlimited’s chief operating officer, said in a prepared statement that cleaning up abandoned mines “is one of the single most important, least addressed environmental challenges in the nation.”

Wood said Trout Unlimited is cleaning up fisheries and water affected by abandoned mines in Utah, Idaho, Montana, Colorado and Nevada.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has had to negotiate deals and issue administrative orders to protect the conservation group from lawsuits.