Bill introduced to reform hard-rock mining laws

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Bill introduced to reform hard-rock mining laws

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In this aerial photo taken Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, waste water streams out of the Gold King Mine near Silverton. The Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2017 was introduced on Tuesday in an effort to reform 19th-century hard-rock mining laws.
Water flowing from the Red and Bonita mine north of Silverton contains magnesium, zinc, copper, lead, and iron, kills just about every thing in its path. The Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2017 was introduced on Tuesday in an effort to reform 19th-century hard-rock mining laws.
JERRY McBRIDE/Durango Herald file

The Bullion Mine at 12,400 feet, northwest of Red Mountain, is in line to have the pile of waste relocated and buried away from any water flow. The Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2017 was introduced on Tuesday in an effort to reform 19th-century hard-rock mining laws.
JERRY McBRIDE/Durango Herald file

Bill Simon, a co-coordinator of the Animas River Stakeholders Group, looks over a small pile of mining waste below the San Antonio Mine with the Congress Mine behind him near Red Mountain Pass. The Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2017 was introduced on Tuesday in an effort to reform 19th-century hard-rock mining laws.
Old mining equipment litter the mountainside of the Red and Bonita Mine. The Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2017 was introduced on Tuesday in an effort to reform 19th-century hard-rock mining laws.

Bill introduced to reform hard-rock mining laws

In this aerial photo taken Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, waste water streams out of the Gold King Mine near Silverton. The Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2017 was introduced on Tuesday in an effort to reform 19th-century hard-rock mining laws.
Water flowing from the Red and Bonita mine north of Silverton contains magnesium, zinc, copper, lead, and iron, kills just about every thing in its path. The Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2017 was introduced on Tuesday in an effort to reform 19th-century hard-rock mining laws.
JERRY McBRIDE/Durango Herald file

The Bullion Mine at 12,400 feet, northwest of Red Mountain, is in line to have the pile of waste relocated and buried away from any water flow. The Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2017 was introduced on Tuesday in an effort to reform 19th-century hard-rock mining laws.
JERRY McBRIDE/Durango Herald file

Bill Simon, a co-coordinator of the Animas River Stakeholders Group, looks over a small pile of mining waste below the San Antonio Mine with the Congress Mine behind him near Red Mountain Pass. The Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2017 was introduced on Tuesday in an effort to reform 19th-century hard-rock mining laws.
Old mining equipment litter the mountainside of the Red and Bonita Mine. The Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2017 was introduced on Tuesday in an effort to reform 19th-century hard-rock mining laws.
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