Good Samaritan

June 29, 2015--EPA to plug Silverton mine soon (Durango Herald)

Mine remediation and greater monitoring above Silverton this summer will help ease the level of poisonous metals in the Animas River, at least at first. At the Red and Bonita Mine, where polluted water is pouring out at 500 gallons per minute, Environmental Protection Agency workers would like to put a stop to the flow by September, said Steven Way, on-scene coordinator for the agency.&nbs

February 4, 2013--How to clean up abandoned mines -- without landing in court (High Country News)

Peter Butler's late October tour of abandoned hardrock mines began high on Red Mountain Pass near Silverton, Colo., off a highway so narrow that, in places, its shoulder crumbles off cliffs. Butler, a water wonk with springy silver curls, is the co-coordinator of the Animas River Stakeholders Group, a local watershed group, which has been cleaning up abandoned mines for 18 years.

December 13, 2012--New flexibility may aid mine cleanup (Durango Herald)

Another bureaucratic hurdle in the cleanup of the Animas River was broken down Wednesday, with a new interpretation of environmental policy from the Environmental Protection Agency. In a call with news media, U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., announced that the EPA would loosen restrictions on “good Samaritans” looking to clean up abandoned hard-rock mines throughout the West.

February 15, 2012--Push for “Good Samaritan” mine cleanup remains a good idea (Denver Post)

It’s been nearly seven years since then-Rep. Mark Udall first attempted to bring a common-sense solution to the issue of cleaning up thousands of abandoned mines across the West. The idea, first introduced in the House in 2005, was to allow volunteers to clean up the sites without assuming full legal liability.

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