Restoration: Should there be a ‘Good Samaritan’ exemption to the Clean Water Act?

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From The Durango Herald (Karen Frantz):

U.S. Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet, both Democrats, want to ensure the rules protect so-called good Samaritan groups willing to participate in cleanup efforts. Specifically, the senators are asking the EPA for clarification about whether groups would need to get a Clean Water Act permit for cleanup projects to avoid liability, as well as other questions about the extent to which groups are protected…

Animas River Stakeholders Group member Peter Butler said the letter asks the right questions. “If EPA answers the questions thoroughly, it will hopefully end the debate as to whether or not an amendment to the Clean Water Act is necessary to limit liability enough for Good Samaritans to feel comfortable to clean up draining mines,” he said in an e-mail.

He also said it was significant that Boxer signed the letter because her staff had not been supportive of the need for good Samaritan legislation in the past and she chairs the committee such a bill would go through.

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