Montana Proposes New Rules To Stem Canadian Coal Mine PollutionNews Type: State, Regional, Federal Source: Montana Public Radio
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Montana environmental regulators took the first step last week to tighten pollution rules for toxins flowing into Lake Koocanusa and the Kootenai River. The new rules are aimed at stemming pollution coming from British Columbia coal mines.
State officials said pollution from coal mines along British Columbia’s Elk River has flowed south for decades, going through Lake Koocanusa along the Montana-Canada border and subsequently into the Kootenai River.
“And we have arrived at that point before seeing the substantial fisheries impacts that are occurring upstream,” Mya Kelley said.