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    This page contains Congressional resolutions. Resolutions indicate the topics that legislators care about, but cannot legislate about.

01-WGA15 on Aug 14, 2001

Resolution: the Western Governors' Association resolution:
Source: WGA Policy Resolution 01 - 15: Cleaning Up Abandoned Mines
    Good Samaritan
  1. The Western Governors believe that there is a need to eliminate disincentives, and establish incentives, to voluntary, cooperative efforts aimed at improving and protecting water quality impacted by abandoned or inactive mines.
  2. The Western Governors believe the Clean Water Act should be amended to protect a remediating agency from becoming legally responsible for any continuing discharges from the abandoned mine site after completion of a cleanup project, provided that the remediating agency -- or "Good Samaritan"-- does not otherwise have liability for that abandoned or inactive mine site and attempts to improve the conditions at the site.
  3. The Western Governors believe that Congress, as a priority, should amend the Clean Water Act in a manner that accomplishes the goals embodied in the WGA legislative package on Good Samaritan cleanups. S.1787 from the 106 th Congress is a good starting point for future congressional deliberations.

    Cleanup and Funding
  4. The Governors encourage federal land management agencies to coordinate their abandoned mine efforts with state efforts to avoid redundancy and unnecessary duplication.
  5. Reliable sources of funds that do not divert from other important Clean Water programs should be identified and made available for the cleanup of hardrock abandoned mines in the West.
  6. The Western Governors continue to urge the Administration and Congress to promptly distribute to states abandoned coal mine land funds in the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Trust Fund , including accumulated interest, collected under Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (see WGA Policy Resolution 00-012).


  • Topic: Environment
  • Headline: Apply "Good Samaritan" rules to abandoned mine cleanup

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  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
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  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 01-WGA15

Ben Cayetano s1sHI Former Democratic Governor (1994-2002) 
Gray Davis s1sCA Former Democratic 
John Kitzhaber s1sOR Democratic Governor 
Gary Locke s1sWA Former Democratic Governor (1997-2004); Cabinet (Commerce) 
Tauese Sunia s1sAS00 Former Democratic Governor 



Republicans participating in 01-WGA15

Jim Geringer s1sWY Former Republican Governor (1995-2002) 
Bill Graves s1sKS Former Republican Governor (1995-2002) 
Kenny Guinn s1oNV Former Republican Governor (1999-2006) 
John Hoeven s1sND Former Republican Governor (2000-2010) 
Jane Dee Hull s1sAZ Former Republican Governor (1997-2002) 
Bill Janklow s1oSD00 Former Republican Governor (1979=1986 & 1995-2002) 
Mike Johanns s1sNE Former Republican Governor (2005-2007); elected Senator 2008 
Judy Martz s1sMT Former Republican Governor (2001-2005) 
William Owens s1oCO Former Republican Governor (1999-2006) 
Rick Perry s1sTX Republican Governor 



Independents participating in 01-WGA15

Carl Gutierrez s1sGU00 Former Guam Governor 
Gary Johnson s1oNM Libertarian Gubernatorial Challenger 
Dirk Kempthorne s1sID Former GOP Governor (1999-2006); and Cabinet Sec'y. 
Tony Knowles s1sAK Former 2008 Senate Dem. primary challenger 
Mike Leavitt s1sUS Cabinet-2008 
Pedro Tenorio s1sIT00 Former Marianas Governor (1982-1990) 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 5
Republicans: 10
Independents: 6


















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