CU Professor Patricia Limerick To Testify In Washington On Cleanup Of Abandoned Mines

Published: March 28, 2006

University of Colorado at Boulder Professor Patricia Limerick will testify on barriers to the cleanup of abandoned mine sites before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment on Thursday, March 30.

The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. EST in room 2167 of the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. The hearing will be webcast live at

Limerick was the lead author of a 47-page report issued by the CU-Boulder Center of the American West in January titled "Cleaning Up Abandoned Hardrock Mines in the West: Prospecting for a Better Future." She is a professor of history and environmental studies and faculty director of the Center of the American West.

She will testify as part of the second of two panels at the March 30 hearing. The three other panelists appearing with Limerick will be John Mudge, director of environmental affairs, Newmont Mining Corp.; Chris Wood, vice president for conservation programs, Trout Unlimited; and Velma M. Smith, senior policy associate, National Environmental Trust.

Contents of the Center of the American West report are posted on the Web at Copies also can be purchased by calling (303) 492-4879.