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Cleaning up mines owned by Gov. Justice and his family would create hundreds of jobs

There is enough outstanding reclamation liability on coal mines owned by West Virginia Governor Jim Justice and/or his adult children to employ 220 to 460 workers for five years, according to our report. Nearly 34,000 acres of Justice-family mines across five states are in need of some degree of environmental cleanup.

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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

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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

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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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Report finds potential to create hundreds of reclamation jobs on Justice-family coal mines

CONTACT: Willie Dodson, Central Appalachian Field Coordinator willie@appvoices.org 276-870-5843 A new report by Appalachian Voices estimates that there is enough outstanding reclamation liability on coal mines owned by West Virginia Governor Jim Justice and/or his adult children to employ 220

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How acid mine drainage fits into pending mine cleanup legislation: A conversation with Joe Pizarchik

Joe Pizarchik, former head of OSMRE and one of the nation’s foremost experts on complex and sprawling abandoned mine lands issues, provides an essential overview of how acid mine drainage fits into pending legislative proposals and where we should look next.

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Confronting acid mine drainage: A conversation with Rural Action’s Marissa Lautzenheiser

In this conversation, Marissa Lautzenheiser of Rural Action lays out the basics of the acid mine drainage challenge, discusses the unique funding needs for AMD clean-up, and talks about some of the innovative work Rural Action is doing to tackle this problem.

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Congress fails to reauthorize abandoned coal mine lands program before deadline, creating new uncertainty & threatening job creation

CONTACT: Trey Pollard, 202-904-9187, trey@pollardcommunications.com Molly Moore, 847-401-3633, molly@appvoices.org APPALACHIA — The authorization of funding for the Abandoned Mine Land (AML) fund officially expired at midnight Thursday. This lapse in funding brings a new level of uncertainty to the AML

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Tell White House officials that coal mine cleanup must be a priority

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Insufficient bonding systems and decades of poor enforcement of mine reclamation law have led to a severe backlog in abandoned mines — and a new wave of coal bankruptcies is exacerbating the problem.

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Blackjewel mine creates emergency road hazard in Russell County, VA

debris from former mine access road

Heavy rains caused debris from an inactive coal mine to block portions of VA State Route 632 in late August — an event that might become all too common with climate change-fueled rainfall likely to intensify.

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