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Appalachia Finds Success With Obama-Era Mine Cleanup Program

Sept. 16, 2019, 9:01 AM

An Obama-era program to test whether old coal mines can be turned into economic and cultural engines is delivering strong results, according to Appalachian groups.

The glowing reports could boost a bill, floating around Congress for several years, to send $1 billion to coal states for abandoned mine cleanup. But the bill’s future is uncertain, as the nation’s biggest mining industry group is against renewing the program.

In Kentucky, one big success has been the $12.5 million Kentucky Enterprise Industrial Park in Pikeville, said James Cable, an environmental scientist with the Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands....

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