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MMSA - The Abandoned Mine Land conference, held on April 26, 2018

Tuesday, August 7, 2018  
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Mining and Metallurgical Society
of America

P.O. Box 810 Ÿ Boulder CO 80306-0810

Phone: 303-444-6032 Ÿ Web site:



August 3, 2018


Good Samaritan Protection to Enhance Abandoned Mine Land Cleanup
‐‐ Finding a Path Forward


The Abandoned Mine Land conference, held on April 26, 2018 in Golden, Colorado was sponsored by the Mining and Metallurgical Society of America (MMSA), Colorado School of Mines (CSM), and Trout Unlimited (TU). 


Proceedings documenting the conference have been completed and are available on the MMSA Web site at:


MMSA, in cooperation with its partners Trout Unlimited and Colorado School of Mines, directed the focus of the Spring 2018 Summit with the goal to build consensus on, and develop an action plan for, the critical language and programmatic components needed in Good Samaritan legislation that will protect those willing and able to voluntarily improve orphaned and abandoned mine sites in the United States. 


The conference had over 120 registered attendees, representing a broad diversity of stakeholders with an interest and expertise in abandoned mine lands, including academia, state and federal government agencies, industry organizations, technical and policy consultants, legal counsel, conservation groups and congressional staff.  Ten speakers provided the delegates with an excellent high-level overview of the technical, legal, social and political issues surrounding AML which drove the discussions throughout the day.


The mine closure conferences continue with a November 7, 2018 conference in the planning stages at the Colorado School of Mines.  [L1] The MMSA committee is working on the next phase of the AML issues.


For more information about the results of the Summit, visit the MMSA AML web site at: For any other questions, contact Betty Gibbs, Executive Director, MMSA at: or 303 444 6032.

 [L1]Based on the email Priscilla sent, the next CSM conference is going to focus on closure of operating mines and repurposing the mine site. I did not see any reference to AML in what she sent. Frankly, I think this is a good move because their first two conferences were a complete waste of time, especially the first one and I don’t think they would have anything to offer re AML after our conference.


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