Senate approves abandoned mine cleanup bill

By Manuel Quiñones | 04/16/2024 06:28 AM EDT

The chamber is also poised to vote this week on EPA’s tailpipe rule.

Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.).

The Senate on Monday approved bipartisan mine cleanup legislation from Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.). Stephanie Scarbrough/AP

The Senate approved bipartisan legislation Monday that would help address abandoned mine cleanups.

The chamber cleared an amended version of S. 3858, the “Legacy Mine Cleanup Act,” from Sens. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) and Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), by voice vote.

The bill, as passed buy the Environment and Public Works Committee last month, would permanently authorize EPA’s Office of Mountains, Deserts and Plains, which helps coordinate mine cleanups.


“These abandoned mines can often create health and safety risks for nearby communities, but often the federal bureaucracy gets in the way of cleaning them up,” Kelly said during the markup. “This bipartisan legislation seeks to change that.”