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Program seeking to link work on abandoned mine land with economic development could be improved

The Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition has put out a list of 10 recommendations to improve the Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization Grant Program so this money is more equitably distributed and focused on transformative projects for coal-impacted communities.

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Webinar series to explore coal impacts and just transition issues

Mountaintop removal mine

Appalachian Voices is working with our partners in the RECLAIM Coalition to put on a series of educational webinars this spring that will take an in-depth look at a number of issues related to coal mine cleanup and economic transition in coal-impacted communities.

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Appalachian groups praise bipartisan effort to increase economic revitalization funding

Today, a bipartisan group of senators and representatives sent a letter to congressional leadership and members of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees calling for increased funding to the Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization (AMLER) Program for Fiscal Year 2022 as Congress works to finalize the appropriations bill before March 11.

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Congress: Now is the moment to clean up acid mine drainage

Congress can clean up orange water by removing red tape. Join the efforts of community leaders across the country and tell Congress to let states use their infrastructure funding for acid mine drainage treatment!

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With federal infrastructure money on the way, advocates release recommendations for most effective abandoned mine lands investments

CONTACT: Dan Radmacher, (540) 798-6683, dan@appvoices.org Trey Pollard, (202) 904-9187, trey@pollardcommunications.com APPALACHIA – Today, the Biden Administration announced that nearly $725 million in Fiscal Year 2022 abandoned mine land (AML) funding secured in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will

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Building community awareness to solve acid mine drainage: A conversation with DJ Coker

DJ Coker of Duff, Tennessee found acid mine drainage at a nearby pond that used to be part of a coal mining operation. Now, he’s made it his mission to get the site cleaned up and demand accountability from those responsible. Watch DJ’s story.

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U.S. makes largest-ever investment in abandoned mine cleanup

CONTACT: Matt Hepler, Appalachian Voices Central Appalachian Environmental Scientist, (540) 871-1564, matt@appvoices.org Molly Moore, Appalachian Voices Communications, (847) 401-3633, molly@appvoices.org The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act President Biden is expected to sign into law today includes the nation’s largest-ever investment

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Historic investments in Abandoned Mine Land Program a win for coal-impacted communities

workers cleaning up mine site

Congress has passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which includes the reauthorization of the Abandoned Mine Land Program and the largest-ever investment in abandoned coal mine cleanup! Now they must pass the Build Back Better Act to invest in workers, families and clean energy.

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Appalachian Voices celebrates historic investments in Abandoned Mine Land Program

workers cleaning up mine site

CONTACT: Dana Kuhnline, RECLAIM Campaign Coordinator, dana@appvoices.org, (304) 825-3262 Jamie Goodman, Digital Communications Specialist, comms@appvoices.org, (828) 719-9493 APPALACHIA — Late Friday night, the U.S. House passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which includes reauthorization of the Abandoned Mine Land

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Restoring waters damaged by acid mine drainage: A conversation with Amanda Pitzer

Amanda Pitzer headshot and Cheat River

Amanda Pitzer with Friends of the Cheat discusses the specific impacts of acid mine drainage on the Cheat River, analyzes abandoned mine lands funding pending before Congress and charts a path for future success in collaboration with state and federal decision-makers.

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