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OSM Helps States and Tribes Restore Abandoned Mines


12/22/2009


The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) is making $369 million available to states and tribes to restore abandoned coal mines, an increase of over $70 million from last year.

28 eligible coal-producing states and tribes can apply for grants based on both their past and present coal production and will use the money to fund projects that fill mine shafts and address other safety hazards and environmental problems resulting from lands mined and abandoned or left inadequately restored before the passage of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977.

The following list shows the funds available to eligible states and tribes for Fiscal Year 2010. Learn more about abandoned land mine grants at the OSM website.

Alabama $ 6,970,619
Alaska        $ 2,389,351
Arkansas $ 2,307,179
Colorado $ 7,383,764
Illinois        $ 16,141,707
Indiana        $ 13,019,930
Iowa        $ 2,441,308
Kansas        $ 2,425,375
Kentucky $ 37,591,345
Louisiana $ 334,774
Maryland $ 2,630,409
Mississippi $ 242,357
Missouri $ 2,488,655
Montana $ 10,673,897
New Mexico $ 4,503,074
North Dakota $ 3,398,697
Ohio        $ 11,617,294
Oklahoma $ 2,473,207
Pennsylvania $ 43,807,638
Tennessee $ 2,571,868
Texas        $ 4,147,548
Utah        $ 4,181,061
Virginia $ 8,651,897
West Virginia $ 49,917,175
Wyoming $117,352,070
Crow Tribe $ 1,816,094
Hopi Tribe $ 1,101,928
Navajo Nation $ 6,505,765


Learn more about OSM’s work to restore abandoned mine lands.