State mining permits could be denied if polluted water requires perpetual treatment, under a Montana ballot initiative.
Supporters filed paperwork with Secretary of State Corey Stapleton in preparation for signature gathering expected to begin next month. The language also faces a legal review from Attorney General Tim Fox.
The initiative would require mining companies seeking a new permit to submit reclamation plans that do not require perpetual treatment of water. Supporters cite cases in which taxpayers have been left with cleanup costs as evidence that Montana’s mining laws need strengthening.
LINK (via: The Independent Record)