HB 593 - Bonding and Independent Auditing for Mines

Rep. Nate McConnell, (D-Missoula), HD 89

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End date: Mar 22, 2017

Signatures collected: 74

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This bill would require that mines proposed in sulfide ore bodies post a bond that is 50% greater than the amount normally required. Sulphide ore bodies are the precursor to acid mine drainage, a chemical process that has been the death sentence for several of Montana’s rivers and streams. This bill will also require that mining operations conduct independent audits to assure that they have an adequate bond and are complying with all environmental laws.

This bill is an important step forward in protecting places such as the Smith River.

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House Natural Resources Committee

Representative Nate McConnell

MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Tabled in committee on March 22nd, but not dead yet! | Official legislative site

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