(WVVAQ) The U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement has awarded $35,754,311 to West Virginia to help clean up environmental hazards created by past coal mining.
Senator Joe Manchin made the announcement on Tuesday.
The grants are partially funded by a fee placed on coal produced in the U.S.
“I am proud to announce that West Virginia will receive more than $35 million for mine reclamation projects which are great investments in our water and lands,” said Manchin. “This funding and support have real-life impacts on West Virginians and our communities, and I am glad that West Virginia is receiving the funding we need to reclaim, rebuild and reuse these sites.”
Manchin said it critical the Abandoned Mine Land (AML) grants program receives reauthorization before it’s set to expire in 2021.