Bad Actor Law and Initiative 186

Bad Actor Law and Initiative 186

Montana’s Department of Environmental Quality recently informed mining company Hecla that they were in violation of the state’s Bad Actor law due to their CEO’s ties with Pegasus Gold, a now bankrupt mining operation that has burdened the state with millions of dollars in environmental cleanup costs. Some Montanans believe the law is an attack on jobs, while others are quick to remind critics that cleaning up irresponsible mining activity after the fact is often extremely costly and the taxpayer almost always foots the bill.

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