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April 03, 2024 - Bovard, PA

ADVISORY - Shapiro Administration and U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Deb Haaland Announce $244 Million for Abandoned Mine Land Cleanup in Pennsylvania

Lieutenant Governor Austin Davis joined U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland in Bovard, Westmoreland County, to announce a $244 million investment into restoring and reclaiming abandoned mine lands in Pennsylvania. The Shapiro-Davis Administration and Secretary Haaland made the announcements in Bovard, PA, where a project with IIJA funding is already underway to stabilize a neighborhood at risk from subsidence - which occurs when the ground moves or collapses as a result of the collapse of an underground coal or clay mine - from an abandoned mine underneath the area.

The funding is part of the $725 million for abandoned mine cleanup nationwide this year under the Infrastructure, Investment, and Jobs Act (IIJA). The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation will receive $244 million for projects to clean up abandoned mine lands and protect Pennsylvania communities - removing waste piles, re-grading dangerous highwalls that can result in loose dirt, trees, and other hazards, treating abandoned mine drainage that effect streams and rivers, and preventing and treating mine subsidence underneath homes and business across the Commonwealth.

Speakers Include:
U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland
Lt. Gov. Austin Davis
Frank Howard, Howard Concrete