Title

Good Samaritan Legislation Divides Environmental Groups and Prevents Acid Mine Drainage Remediation: An Analysis to Determine Why, with Recommendations to Garner Consensus and Environmental Benefits

Date of Award

5-27-2010

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Degree Name

Master of Applied Science

Department

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Advisor

Kathy Flanagan

Keywords

Acid Mine Drainage remediation; Good Samaitan cleanup of abandoned hardrock mine act of 2009; Good Samaritan legislation

Abstract

Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) plagues lotic systems in the western United States. Good Samaritan legislation has failed to unite environmentalists and receive enough support to pass into law and assist in the remediation of AMD sites. Senator Mark Udall of Colorado introduced the Good Samaritan Cleanup of Abandoned Hardrock Mines Act of 2009 that has failed to make it to the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works. This project has identified the most prevalent reasons for the differing views between watershed groups and the large non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on this issue and reveals a lack of communication between environmentalists and policymakers, and a need for strong leadership on the part of Senator Udall.

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