Friday, June 21, 2019

Sen. Yudichak, Rep. Frankel To Introduce Resolutions Supporting Reauthorization Of Federal Mine Reclamation Fee

On June 19, Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne), Minority Chair of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) asked their colleagues in the House and Senate to co-sponsor resolutions urging Congress to reauthorize the federal Abandoned Mine Reclamation Program and the fees supporting it.
Sen. Yudichak and Rep. Frankel said in their memos to colleagues--
“For well over 100 years, Pennsylvania has helped fuel the nation with its deep reserves of coal beneath our feet. Now, the Commonwealth bears the scars from the mining efforts that changed its landscape. At least 44 of the state’s 67 counties now grapple with the remains of abandoned mines.
‘Pennsylvania’s abandoned coal mines can be environmentally hazardous, physically dangerous and economically damaging to communities that are already struggling to meet the needs if their residents.
“This resolution urges the Congress of the United States to reauthorize the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund (AMRF), which is scheduled to sunset in 2021. The AMRF has been instrumental in providing the resources to help states reclaim and restore abandoned mine lands.”
Click Here for a copy of Sen. Yudichak’s memo.  Click Here for a copy of Rep. Frankel’s memo.
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