Vote YES on SF 2349 to Protect Our Water and Our Wallets
I urge you to vote “Yes” on SF 2349 (Carlson’s bill) to strengthen Minnesota’s financial assurance regulations for new non-ferrous mines.
Existing financial assurance regulations are insufficient. Please vote to ensure that Minnesota taxpayers won’t be stuck with the cost of cleaning up pollution left behind when mining companies go bankrupt.
SF 2349 will clarify who is responsible for ongoing cleanup, require financial assurance to include costs for long-term water treatment, strengthen requirements about the forms of financial assurance that are acceptable, and increase transparency and opportunities for public input.
There are many examples of non-ferrous mines that have left behind a legacy of water pollution. Minnesota taxpayers, and our lakes and streams, deserve better protection. I hope I can count on your support.
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