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Interior Provides Over $291 Million In Conservation Funding For States And Tribes To Clean Up And Repurpose Abandoned Coal Mines

on March 20, 2019 - 3:22pm
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt today announced the availability of the Fiscal Year 2019 Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Reclamation grants through the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE).
 
This year’s grants will provide more than $291.2 million [1] for states and tribes to reclaim and repurpose abandoned coal lands.
 
“These grants are a great example of Interior partnering with states, Tribes, and local governments to provide resources for conservation efforts and infrastructure and public safety improvements, like fixing embankments, stabilizing land above underground mines, and restoring streams,” Acting Secretary Bernhardt said. “The investment we’re making back into coal country helps protect people, land, water and property, and enhances the lives of local citizens.”
 
AML grants, funded in part by a fee based on coal produced in the United States, help to eliminate dangerous conditions and pollution caused by past coal mining. AML-funded projects have closed dangerous mine shafts, eliminated highwalls, reclaimed unstable slopes, treated acid mine drainage, and restored water supplies damaged by mining.
 
OSMRE provides AML grants to the 25 coal-producing states and three tribes according to a congressionally mandated formula based on their past and current coal production. Each year, after the distribution is announced, eligible states and tribes apply for annual reclamation grants to access money in their allocations. OSMRE evaluates and verifies the requests, and makes the award amounts available.
 
The authority to collect AML reclamation fees is slated to expire in September 2021, unless Congress reauthorizes the fee, as it did in 2006.
 
The FY 2019 AML Reclamation funding available to states and tribes is as follows:
 
 
 
State / Tribe
Amount Allocated
Alabama
$5,139,869
Alaska
$2,814,000
Arkansas
$2,814,000
Colorado
$3,117,101
Illinois
$18,678,495
Indiana
$8,072,975
Iowa
$2,814,000
Kansas
$2,814,000
Kentucky
$18,296,295
Louisiana
$177,816
Maryland
$2,814,000
Mississippi
$102,445
Missouri
$2,814,000
Montana
$7,747,222
New Mexico
$2,814,000
North Dakota
$2,814,000
Ohio
$10,285,761
Oklahoma
$2,814,000
Pennsylvania
$53,846,935
Tennessee
$2,814,000
Texas
$2,515,463
Utah
$1,362,163
Virginia
$5,607,813
West Virginia
$35,754,311
Wyoming
$87,833,889
Crow Tribe
$1,211,505
Hopi Tribe
$588,522
Navajo Nation
$2,817,230
National Total
$291,295,810
 
To watch videos featuring award-winning AML projects, please visit OSMRE’s YouTube Channel.

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