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Local governments call for abandoned mine cleanup

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Local governments in Southwest Virginia and Pennsylvania are passing resolutions showing their support for cleanup of abandoned coal mines. A bill that would extend the abandoned mine land program beyond 2021 passed the House Natural Resources Committee last week.

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Virginia coalfield localities call for renewed federal funding for mine cleanup

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CONTACT: Thom Kay, Senior Legislative Representative, thom.kay@appvoices.org, 864-580-1843 Cat McCue, Senior Communications Strategist, cat@appvoices.org, 434-293-6373 Norton, Va. — Seven local governments in Southwest Virginia have passed resolutions calling on the state’s congressional delegation to support federal legislation that would reauthorize

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Appalachian Towns Show Support for Abandoned Mine Cleanup

Several communities have passed resolutions in support of congressional reauthorization of the Abandoned Mine Land program, and more are expected to consider the proposal.

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Working to Save the Abandoned Mine Land Program

Congress must reauthorize the vital Abandoned Mine Land program before it expires in 2021 – and Appalachian Voices along with our partners is putting forth every effort to make sure that happens.

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19 old coal sites identified for innovative development projects

Appalachian communities are exploring ways to attract new businesses, pull families out of poverty and strengthen skilled workforces. A primary focus is to redevelop old, unused coal sites.

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Economic coalition identifies 19 old coal sites for cleanup and redevelopment in Central Appalachia

CONTACTS: Adam Wells, Appalachian Voices, adam@appvoices.org, 276-679-1691 Joey James, Downstream Strategies, jjames@downstreamstrategies.com, 304-322-4590 Rebecca Shelton, Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center, rshelton@aclc.org , 865-202-8688 Jacob Hannah, Coalfield Development, jhannah@coalfield-development.org, 304-614-8035 Marissa R. Lautzenheiser, Rural Action, marissa@ruralaction.org, 330-859-1050 New website launched as resource

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Dante: A beacon of hope for Southwest Virginia

Community members stand with a new welcome sign

The small community of Dante is bringing big dreams into action. Appalachian Voices volunteer Sara Lamb shares highlights of the Dante Community Association’s work and reflects on what this progress means for Southwest Virginia.

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A Pilot Program’s Uncertain Record

Some projects receiving federal funds for economic development near abandoned mines have strong community support; others, not so much.

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The Unresolved Problem of Abandoned Mine Lands

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The cost of reclaiming abandoned mine lands is massive, but the fee that funds cleanup is set to expire in 2021 unless Congress extends it.

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Intro: The Legacies of Coal

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As Appalachia’s coal industry continues to decline, the scale of the damage it has cas becomes even more apparent.

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