Environment

Dec 13, 2012 9:20 AM by Garrett Boyd

New EPA rule lowers risk for 'Good Samaritans'

DENVER (AP) - Volunteers who want to clean up thousands of polluted mine sites across the West will now face less legal risk.

The Environmental Protection Agency released a rule Wednesday saying that so-called "Good Samaritans" who try to clean toxic runoff from abandoned mines are not liable under the federal Clean Water Act.

Nonprofit groups and others have worried they could be sued under the act if a mine continued to release toxic waste after they worked on it.

Colorado U.S. Sen. Mark Udall pushed for the new policy. So did the fishing group Trout Unlimited, which said the policy will make it easier to work on polluted sites.

The issue is of particular concern in Colorado and the West because thousands of old mines need to be cleaned and monitored.

»Comments

More News

National
Story Photo

2 hours ago

Baby Monitors Recalled

Concerns about overheating and rupturing batteries have forced the recall of a dozen different type of baby monitors. The Consumer Product Safety...

Weather - Forecast
Story Photo

1 hour ago

Warm Till Saturday

Temperatures start to climb again for Friday and Saturday where many locations will be in the 70s. However, by Saturday, the clouds...

Most Popular

Top Videos

1 2 3 4