Gov. Tom Wolf announced today that Pennsylvania has received $244.9 million from President Joe Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure bill to rehabilitate abandoned mines across the Commonwealth.
“We have long needed a solution to expedite work to address the environmental and health concerns of our legacy energy development. I am pleased that the Biden administration shares my commitment to the reclamation of abandoned Pennsylvania mineland for productive use,” Wolf said. “This bipartisan investment will address the dangers of abandoned mines while supporting new, high-paying jobs, economic recovery and community revitalization.”
While Pennsylvania’s more than 5,000 abandoned mines are reminiscent of a time of great economic and industrial growth in the state and country, they are now scars on the Pennsylvania landscape of environmental and safety hazards. These abandoned mines not only pose a fire hazard, but also have dangerous high walls and open shafts, and are sources of water and air pollution.
The Wolf Administration looks forward to working with the Department of the Interior to deploy the resources announced today to improve the state’s abandoned mine reclamation program and bring abandoned mineland back to productive uses for things like recreation, agriculture or clean energy generation.
Today’s $244.9 million announcement is a small portion of the nearly $4 billion that Pennsylvania is estimated to receive over the next 15 years to help combat contamination and pollution caused by its coal mining heritage caused.