|Big mining companies don’t like cleaning up their mess.||—|
|So State Rep. John Zimmerman voted to let them avoid cleaning up this mess for 100 years||Zimmerman’s Bill Would Allow Mines To Stay On Standby “For Up To 100 Years And Reopen With No Public Notice.” According to the Silver City Daily Press & Independent, “Mines could suspend operations but remain on standby for up to 100 years and reopen with no public notice under House Bill 625, sponsored by Rep. John Zimmerman, R-Las Cruces. […] But a provision that would remove a cap on the number of years a mine can remain on standby would be a big concern for Grant County and the Silver City area, which is near two open-pit copper mines that cover thousands of acres — some of the largest in the nation, Siwik said. Currently, a mine can remain on standby for five years at a time, up to 20 years. At the end of each five-year term, the company can request to extend the period. If a company wants to reopen a mine, the Mining and Minerals Division and the public must be notified, and a hearing must held to determine if any changes are needed to the original mine operation permit. Under HB 625, a mine could essentially remain on standby for at least 100 years. If at any time a mine’s operators wanted to reopen, they would need only alert the state in a letter. No public review of the request or the mine’s operating permit would be required under the bill.” [Silver City Daily Press & Independent, 3/13/15]
|Leaving our children to deal with the mess…and a new threat to their clean water.||—|
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