NMA Proposes Practical Solutions for Legacy Mines

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn issued the following statement as the House and Senate each begin oversight hearings tomorrow on the Animas River spill:

“As the House and Senate begin their investigation into the events surrounding the Animas River spill in Colorado last month, the mining industry hopes these and other deliberations will result in consideration of practical solutions for addressing legacy mines. Foremost among these would be legislation that would remove the threat of liability from Good Samaritans, including private parties and the mining industry, interested in remediating these sites.

“Congress has in the past demonstrated bi-partisan support for reasonable solutions such as Good Samaritan legislation. Incentivizing voluntary efforts where the will and resources exist can begin to make a difference.”