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Representative Nate McConnellThis 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.

3 Responses to " Bonding and Independent Auditing for Mines "

  1. […] HB 593 (Rep. Nate McConnell, D-Missoula) 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. […]

  2. […] HB 593 (Rep. Nate McConnell, D-Missoula) would require 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 would also require mining operations conduct independent audits to ensure they have an adequate bond and are complying with all environmental laws. […]

  3. […] HB 593 (Rep. Nate McConnell, D-Missoula) was introduced as a preventive measure to avoid the nearly inevitable pollution from mines in Montana. The bill would have required mines proposed in sulfide ore bodies (such as the Smith River mine) to post a bond 50% greater than what would normally be required. The increase in the bond amount is critical, as most sulfide mines ultimately end up polluting, and the acid mine drainage that results must be treated in perpetuity. Montana is littered with examples of mines and other industrial projects that were under-bonded, and have not been reclaimed, or have required significant taxpayer funds to do so. […]

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