The aforementioned goals will be achieved by reclaiming abandoned mine lands (AML) in Alabama, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas and New Mexico.
The Department of the Interior has made $725 million available to 22 states and the Navajo Nation in fiscal year 2022. More than $533 million were announced in awards in October for Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Funding will be awarded to additional eligible entities on a rolling basis as they apply.
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“Through President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we are making a once-in-a-generation investment to clean up environmental hazards that are harming local communities,” said Secretary Deb Haaland. “Reclaiming and restoring these sites will create jobs, revitalize economic activity, and advance outdoor recreation. I am excited about what we can do with these new resources, today and for future generations.”
It is important to note that millions of Americans live within just one mile of an abandoned coal mine or orphaned oil and gas well across the country. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law allocates a total of $11.3 billion in AML funding over 15 years, facilitated by the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE).