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Bill Addresses Maine Open Pit Mining
04/29/2013 10:39 AM ET  

The Committee on Energy and Natural Resources takes up a bill Monday afternoon that seeks to change Maine's Metallic Mineral Mining Act to add water quality protections.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Maine's open pit mining regulations will be at issue when a legislative committee meets.

The Committee on Energy and Natural Resources takes up a bill Monday afternoon that seeks to change Maine's Metallic Mineral Mining Act to add water quality protections. Environmentalists are supporting the bill, which would also require an independent, third-party estimate of cleanup costs and a funding source to pay for it.

Lawmakers enacted a law last year a bill to revise Maine's mining regulations amid interest by a Canadian company in metal reserves in the northern part of the state. That law started a process of updating the state's mining rules and regulations.

Environmentalists at the time expressed reservations with the law, saying it weakens groundwater standards and cleanup requirements for mining operations.


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