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LC 973 - Allow bad actor mining companies to pollute Montana

Sponsored by Sen. Fred Thomas, R-Stevensville

This bill, soon to be introduced, would eviscerate Montana’s bad actor law that prevents mining companies who pollute Montana and leave taxpayers responsible for cleanup from obtaining a mining permit in the future. Hecla Mining Company has been denied a permit to mine copper and silver beneath the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness in Northwestern Montana because it’s CEO, Philip Baker Jr., was formerly the CFO of the Pegasus Mining Company which went bankrupt in 1988 and left Montana taxpayers on the hook for $35 million in cleanup costs at the Zortman-Landusky Mine. Rather than complying with the law, Hecla wants to overturn this important protection for Montana taxpayers and the environment which was passed with bi-partisan support.

We expect this bill to be introduced and heard soon. Call your senator and representative and tell them to protect taxpayers and Montana’s environment by maintaining our bad actor law!

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