Infrastructure Law Funding for Abandoned Mine Land Grant Program
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act provides $11.3 billion funding over 15 years for the Abandoned Mine Land grant program to revitalize former coal communities through local economic development and environmental remediation of abandoned mines. Abandoned mine land reclamation projects invest in health and safety hazard mitigation through closing mine shafts, preventing release of methane and other harmful gases, and restoring water quality. Projects also aim to stimulate local job creation and contribute to economic revitalization by opening up rehabilitated hazardous land to new development.
The final guidance for states and Tribes includes the following key components:
· Project design should maximize methane emissions reduction;
· Prioritization of project investment in disadvantaged communities;
· Prioritization of employment of current and former coal industry workers.
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