50 Million Gallons of Pollution Flows Daily From US Mines

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There is a systemic problem with the hard rock mining industry in Montana. Too many times have we seen out of state and international hard rock mining companies come into Montana, take advantage of our resources and leave a big mess for the tax payers to clean up. Mines are consistently under bonded and unregulated. Reform is desperately needed, which is why Trout Unlimited, with the help of State Representative Nate McConnell, D-Missoula, are bringing HB 593 to the House Natural Resources committee today.

The Associated Press has found that an approximated 50 million gallons of polluted water flow from mine sites every day mush flowing directly into drinking and agricultural water sources. Currently the outflows effect at least water supplies in MT, CO, OK, CO and at a minimum 5 other states. Many of the polluting mines are abandoned and left un-monitored leading to the gross state of pollution. The Gold King Mine disaster of 2015 comes to mind as an example of what can truly go wrong, when an EPA clean-up crew accidentally released 3 million gallons of polluted water that turned many downstream rivers orange with sludge.

Mining outflows pose serious threats to countless fishing waters around the world and are a key worry in the fight to protect Bristol Bay from even the possibility of a mining disaster.

Source: Associated Press, The Helena Independent Record.

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