$130 Million in Funding to Revitalize Abandoned Mine Land in 6 States and 3 Tribes

The U.S. government has allocated $130 million in funding to six states and three tribes to revitalize abandoned mine land through the Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization (AMLER) program. The funding is part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which provides $11.3 billion for the program over 15 years.

Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia will each receive $28.7 million in funding, while Alabama, Ohio, and Virginia will receive $11 million each. The Crow Tribe, Hopi Tribe, and Navajo Nation will each receive $3.67 million.

The AMLER program aims to return legacy coal mining sites to productive uses, creating thousands of good-paying union jobs and revitalizing communities that have been left behind.

The program is focused on addressing immediate health and safety threats posed by abandoned mine land, such as clogged streams, dangerous piles or embankments, and underground mine fires.

“This investment will create a prosperous future for communities that have been impacted by abandoned mine land,” said Sharon Buccino, Principal Deputy Director of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. “We are committed to turning federal dollars into results on the ground in coal communities.”

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