/ Yes on Initiative I-186: Protect Montana Taxpayers and Clean Water
Yes on Initiative I-186: Protect Montana Taxpayers and Clean Water
What would the initiative do?
I-186 would amend the Montana Code Annotated to add requirements regarding the reclamation plans of mines. In mining, reclamation plans are plans to rehabilitate and restore land that has been used for mining.
This measure would require the Montana Department of Environmental Quality to deny permits for any new hard rock mines if the mine reclamation plan does not "contain measures sufficient to prevent the pollution of water without the need for perpetual treatment."
The measure describes "perpetual treatment" as including "activities necessary to treat acid mine drainage or perpetual leaching of contaminants, including arsenic, mercury and lead," but also states that the terms "perpetual treatment," "perpetual leaching," and "contaminants" are not fully defined within the proposed measure and would require the state Legislature or Department of Environmental Quality to further define them.