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


Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Applied Science

Organizational Unit

University College, Environmental Policy and Management


Environmental Policy & Mgmt

First Advisor

Kathy Flanagan


Acid Mine Drainage remediation, Cleanup, Abandoned hardrock, Mine act of 2009, Good Samaritan legislation


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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