Friday, May 12, 2017

Registration Open For PA Abandoned Mine Reclamation Conference June 21-22

The 2017 PA Abandoned Mine Reclamation Conference is now accepting registrations.  This year the Conference will be held June 21-22 at the Best Western Plus Genetti Hotel and Conference Center in Wilkes-Barre.
This year’s theme is  “The Future of Reclamation.”
The potential for the changing Federal environmental policies to influence abandoned mine reclamation in Pennsylvania is imminent.
The return to a focus on coal production, the proposed shifting of spending of the Abandoned Mine Land Fund through the RECLAIM initiative, and the expected expiration of the collection fees feeding the Abandoned Mine Land Fund could each have their own costs and benefits to Pennsylvania’s abandoned mine reclamation community.
The Conference will explore these ideas with an emphasis on the future of reclamation and the benefits it provides.
The Conference is going to be located in the heart of the Wyoming Valley and the Northern Anthracite Coalfields. It has not been back to “The Diamond City” since the first regional conference that was held in June of 1996 at Wilkes University.
A full day tour of the Wyoming and Lackawanna Valleys’ abandoned mine drainage and abandoned mine reclamation projects.  An alternative walking tour of Wilkes-Barre coal history and a film screening will also be offered.
For more information and to register, visit the 2017 PA Abandoned Mine Reclamation Conference website.  The website also includes links to previous conferences.

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