H.R. 2970: Good Samaritan Cleanup of Abandoned Hardrock Mines Act of 2013

Aug 01, 2013
Referred to Committee
6% chance of being enacted
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Scott Tipton
Representative for Colorado's 3rd congressional district
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Aug 01, 2013
43 pages
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S. 1443 (identical)

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Aug 01, 2013


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Introduced Aug 01, 2013
Referred to Committee Aug 01, 2013
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9% chance of getting past committee.
6% chance of being enacted.

Only 11% of bills made it past committee and only about 3% were enacted in 2011–2013. [show factors | methodology]

Full Title

To facilitate the remediation of abandoned hardrock mines, and for other purposes.


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Good Samaritan Cleanup of Abandoned Hardrock Mines Act of 2013 - Encourages the partial or complete remediation of inactive and abandoned mine sites for the public good by good samaritans (defined as individuals or entities who had no role in the creation of the historic mine residue or any resulting environmental pollution and are not legally responsible for the remediation of the historic mine residue).
Defines "inactive or abandoned mine site" as a mine site located in the United States that is no longer actively mined and that was used for the production of a mineral other than coal and has historic mine residue.
Amends the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (commonly known as the Clean Water Act) to authorize a permitting authority (i.e., the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] or a state or Indian tribe with an approved good samaritan program) to issue good samaritan discharge permits.
Sets forth requirements for the issuance of such permits, including the applicant's submission of a detailed remediation plan and a determination by a permitting authority that such plan preserves water quality.
Grants a release from liability under such Act to good samaritans who comply with a discharge permit approved under the terms of this Act.
Terminates the authority to issue good samaritan discharge permits ten years after enactment of this Act.

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