REGIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP (and other items of interest)

Mine Drainage Act Passes

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On September 29, the Leadville Mine Drainage Tunnel Remediation Act of 2009 (H.R. 3123) passed in the U.S. House.

The bill had been introduced by 5th Dist. Congressman Lamborn along with a companion bill by Senator Mark Udall.

The bill assigns responsibility for the problematic tunnel to the Bureau of Reclamation who will be in charge of fixing and maintaining the tunnel which has deteriorated over the past 50 years, and caused much alarm in Leadville in 2008 when it began to leak, prompting the Lake County Commissioners to declare a state of emergency.

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