Great Falls Tribune: Baucus, Tester want new mines banned in area west of Glacier

KALISPELL (AP) — U.S. Sen. Max Baucus has introduced legislation that would prohibit new mines in the North Fork Flathead River Valley west of Glacier National Park.

Baucus, who teamed with fellow Democratic Sen. Jon Tester on the legislation, says he has been working for more than 30 years to protect the Flathead, and “this is a sign we are closer than ever to the finish line.”

The bill, which was introduced Thursday, comes after similar protections were implemented north of the border.

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