Trustee Election
These are the original issues in this subcategory
  • MINE SAFETY
  • MOUNTAINTOP REMOVAL MINING
  • CYANIDE MINING
  • ACID MINE DRAINAGE
Winning Issue » ACID MINE DRAINAGE


Many of the cities and states which fostered our Industrial Revolution grew to prominence because they were situated on rich coal deposits. Coal mining, including surface mining, was common in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and throughout the Appalachian region. However, many of these mines were improperly abandoned when they stopped producing, leaving behind residual waste pits and piles of debris tailings exposed to the elements. Sulfuric Acid is created when water and air oxidize the metal sulfides in the surrounding rock or tailings of coal and metal mines. This acidic compound kills most organic life as it seeps into the ground and drains into lakes and streams. Also, since many coal mines were situated below sea level, pumps were required to remove water that accumulated in these mines when they were producing. This pumping was halted after these mines closed but the acidic water that filled many underground caverns is now migrating into our waterways. Environmentalists say the formation of sulfuric acid is unavoidable and irreversible once acid-generating rock is crushed and exposed to moisture and oxygen. This process can continue for thousands of years until the sulfide minerals in the rock are exhausted. Roman-era mines have been discovered which are still producing acid drainage. Experts say the high cost of cleaning up or containing acid mine drainage necessitates assistance to communities experiencing the aftermath of mining operations concluded long ago.


Pending legislation:
H.R.963 - Hardrock Mining Reform and Reclamation Act of 2015



Options


  • I oppose reforming current acid mine drainage policy and wish to defeat H.R.963 - Hardrock Mining Reform and Reclamation Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support establishing an 8% royalty on new mines and a 4% royalty on existing mines to bring a fair return to American taxpayers and using those royalties to clean up abandoned hardrock mine lands across the country; establishing strong reclamation standards and bonding requirements to make sure taxpayers don’t pay for cleanups if a company skips town or goes bankrupt; providing clear authority to federal land managers to reject a proposed mine if it would unduly degrade public lands or resources and protect wilderness study areas, roadless areas, and wild and scenic rivers from mining; empowering state, local, and tribal governments to petition federal authorities to withdraw certain areas from mining in order to protect drinking water, wildlife habitat, cultural and historic resources, or other important values, and wish to pass H.R.963 - Hardrock Mining Reform and Reclamation Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Doug Lamborn (CO) and/or Rep. Raul Grijalva (AZ), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option
  • I support establishing an 8% royalty on new mines and a 4% royalty on existing mines to bring a fair return to American taxpayers and using those royalties to clean up abandoned hardrock mine lands across the country; establishing strong reclamation standards and bonding requirements to make sure taxpayers don’t pay for cleanups if a company skips town or goes bankrupt; providing clear authority to federal land managers to reject a proposed mine if it would unduly degrade public lands or resources and protect wilderness study areas, roadless areas, and wild and scenic rivers from mining; empowering state, local, and tribal governments to petition federal authorities to withdraw certain areas from mining in order to protect drinking water, wildlife habitat, cultural and historic resources, or other important values, and wish to pass H.R.963 - Hardrock Mining Reform and Reclamation Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Doug Lamborn (CO) and/or Rep. Raul Grijalva (AZ), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
There has been $0.00 pledged in support of this issue
Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Doug Lamborn (CO) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider passing H.R.963 - Hardrock Mining Reform and Reclamation Act of 2015. If more than $1,000 has been pledged, the campaign committee of sponsor Rep. Raul Grijalva (AZ) will be unconditionally awarded 10% of these funds.

Legislation: H.R.963 - Hardrock Mining Reform and Reclamation Act of 2015
Sponsor: Rep. Raul Grijalva, AZ
Status (2):
House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources (Natural Resources Committee)
Chairman: Rep. Doug Lamborn, CO
House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment (Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
Chairman: Rep. Bob Gibbs, OH

If elected as a trustee, ADTI will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to expand its programs to identify, evaluate and develop cost-effective and practical acid drainage prevention, control and treatment methods.

The Acid Drainage Technology Initiative (ADTI) is a government/industry/university joint venture dedicated to the development and use of best science applications to the problem of acid mine drainage. ADTI was formed to identify, evaluate and develop cost-effective and practical acid drainage prevention, control, and treatment technologies. In 1999, ADTI was expanded from only a coal mining sector through the addition of the metal mining sector group, which began organization efforts in 1998. ADTI addresses all drainage quality issues involving metal mining and related metallurgical operations, as well as those associated with abandoned, active and future coal mining activities. ADTI is a technology development program. It is not a regulatory or policy development program. The guiding principle of ADTI is to build a consensus among industry and Federal and state regulatory agencies. ADTI is focusing these efforts on technology development and technology transfer in the areas of mine drainage prediction, sampling/monitoring, modeling and avoidance/remediation.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
June 4, 2020
Trustee Election - Closing Date
June 10, 2020