Montana Trout Unlimited and a coalition of conservation organizations, landowners, businesses, the Fort Belknap Indian Community, and thousands of everyday Montanans are working or supporting efforts to get I-186.
I-186 will ensure that new mines in Montana operate responsibly. It will hold mining companies accountable and no longer allow them to leave behind a toxic mess requiring perpetual treatment of water contaminated by acid mine drainage and heavy metals. I-186 will help to assure that places like the Smith River will not be harmed from irresponsible mining. No existing mining operations would be affected by this resolution, and no current mining jobs are at risk. This initiative simply allows Montana’s Department of Environmental Quality the ability to deny a mining permit that includes the perpetual treatment of water as part of its reclamation plan.
For more information about the ballot initiative or to donate directly to the ballot committee please visit yesonI186.org