Applications are now being accepted for grants of up to $5,000 to watershed organizations or conservation districts for either abandoned mine reclamation or acid mine drainage abatement projects, one each in the anthracite and bituminous coal regions.
Proposals are due June 30. Projects must be completed between August 2011 and August 2012.
The grants are sponsored by the Anthracite Region Independent Power Producer's Association and the Western and Eastern Coalitions for abandoned mine reclamation.
The amount granted is dependent upon demonstrated need. Applying organizations must support the mission of ARIPPA, including the removal and conversion of waste coal into alternative energy and the beneficial use of CFB ash for AML/AMD reclamation.
ARIPPA facilities remove and utilize coal refuse from both past and current mining activities abating acid mine drainage from coal refuse piles. ARIPPA reports that 145 million tons of coal refuse has been processed and converted into alternative energy by their member plants from 1998 to 2008.