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TU Goes to The Hill for Abandoned Mine Cleanup

[Last] week, Trout Unlimited President and CEO Chris Wood testified in favor of the proposed Community Reclamation Partnerships Act to facilitate cleanup of abandoned mines by community reclaimers, also known as “Good Samaritans,” in the Mining and Natural Resources Subcommittee of the House Committee on Natural Resources.

“TU stands ready to expand our work to clean up mine pollution, but we need passage of legislation such as the Community Reclamation Partnership Act to make it happen,” Wood testified.

More than 10,000 miles of streams are impacted by abandoned coal mine pollution just in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The scale of abandoned mine pollution exceeds the amount of funding available for their cleanup through the Abandoned Mine Laws Fund (AML Fund) and the vast majority of abandoned mines wouldn’t qualify for Superfund cleanup.

Good Samaritan entities – nonprofit and local reclamation agencies including TU and its local chapters – have used Pennsylvania Good Samaritan policy to complete more than 250 abandoned mine cleanup projects, modeling what could be expanded.

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