Signature Sponsor
Strong Bipartisan Legislation Would Spur Much-Needed Legacy Mine Cleanup



September 13, 2023 - Rich Nolan, president and CEO of the National Mining Association (NMA), today issued the following statement in support of the Good Samaritan Remediation of Abandoned Hardrock Mines Act of 2023, which was introduced today by Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho) with strong bipartisan support from Sens. John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Kirsten Sinema (I-Ariz.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).

“If there is one place where the mining industry, environmental organizations, elected officials and local communities should be aligned, it is on the cleanup of legacy mine sites that were abandoned decades ago. This legislation reflects the shared desire by these diverse groups for progress that will allow industry, conservation groups and other good Samaritans to use the best in equipment, skills and experience to clean up legacy sites without fear of incurring additional legal liability; it deserves bipartisan support to clear the way for positive environmental progress.”