Helping Good Samaritans Clean Up Abandoned Hardrock Mines

For years Colorado legislatures have been trying to pass laws that would make it easier for groups to clean up toxic pollution from abandoned mines. These groups, which are not responsible for the pollution but want to clean it up anyway, are called, appropriately enough, Good Samaritans. Most recently, legislatures have been working with the Environmental Protection Agency to develop additional tools that incentivize responsible Good Samaritan cleanup activities. Click here for a tour of several abandoned mine sites in San Juan County with a Good Samaritan group in the Animas River basin.