Daines, Tester support ‘good samaritan’ mine cleanups

With names like “One Dead Digger, “Hog Heaven” and “Blue Moon Pit,” at least 600 abandoned or inactive mine sites pepper Flathead, Lake, Sanders and Lincoln counties, according to Montana’s Bureau of Mines and Geology.

Now, under a proposed program for 15 pilot permits nationwide, U.S. Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines want to make it easier for “good samaritan” nonprofits to clean up such sites.

The Montanan Democrat and Republican, respectively, have signed onto a bipartisan congressional effort led by Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-New Mexico, for the proposed “Good Samaritan Remediation of Abandoned Hardrock Mines Act of 2022.”