HARRISBURG – Rep. Matthew Dowling (R-Fayette/Somerset) recently announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is accepting applications for funding for environmental cleanup projects focused on economic development or community revitalization projects at abandoned mine land locations across the Commonwealth.

Federally funded through DEP’s Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Economic Development Pilot Program, $25 million in grant funding is available for the reclamation of abandoned mine lands in conjunction with economic and community development reuse goals.

Since 2016, 42 projects have received a total of $80 million in funding through this program. Last year, DEP approved $25 million in funding for seven projects.

DEP’s Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation can assist in determining eligible sites. To discuss a land reclamation project or get assistance determining a project’s eligibility, contact Patrick Webb at pawebb@pa.gov or 814-472-1830.

To discuss a project involving abandoned mine drainage treatment or abatement, contact Dave Leiford at dleiford@pa.gov or 814-472-1886.

Applications will be accepted until Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, at 4 p.m. Project proposal forms and guidelines are available on DEP’s Abandoned Mine Land Pilot Program site.

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