Monday, October 23, 2017

DEP Reclamation Project Turns Abandoned Mine Lands Into Community Asset In Luzerne County

Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell Monday toured the 88-acre reclamation Curry Hill-Avondale Abandoned Mine Reclamation project in Plymouth Township, Luzerne County.
“Projects like Curry Hill-Avondale will make land that was once dangerous and unusable a viable asset for outdoor lovers,” said Secretary McDonnell. “Through the Abandoned Mine Land grant program we are able to support the important reclamation work of the site, which was once part of the Glen Alden Coal Company.”
The federally funded reclamation work involves grading more than one million cubic yards of on-site material to eliminate more than 6,000 feet of dangerous highwall that existed within abandoned strip mining pits.
As part of the work, one mine opening was filled and three other openings were closed with bat gates to protect habitat for bats roosting at the site. The work includes seeding the site and planting trees. Nine detention ponds were also installed to control stormwater runoff.
The project also involves creating two acres of wetlands. Five acres are now being used for industrial hemp research.
Earth Movers Unlimited of Kylertown, Clearfield County is constructing the project, which totaled approximately $2.7 million.
Joining Secretary McDonnell on the tour was Rep. Gerald Mullery (D-Luzerne).
(Photo: Secretary McDonnell inspects bat gate installed as part of the reclamation project.)

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