Abandoned Mines to be Reclaimed in Texas, Alaska

Funding under infrastructure law tied to Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 .

The Department of the Interior has announced that Texas and Alaska will be receiving the next round of funding to close up abandoned mine lands. Alaska will receive $1.33 million and Texas will receive nearly $1 million from the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement for the 2023 fiscal year to reverse the negative environmental impact and health hazards of coal mines no longer in use.

“I know first-hand what it’s like to live near a toxic, abandoned mine. In communities like my Pueblo of Laguna, people deal with the serious risks to our environment and our health that legacy pollution poses,” said Secretary Deb Haaland. “We have a once-in-a-generation investment to address abandoned mine lands.”  

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Haaland as she oversees the awarding of funds to reclaim abandoned mines.
  • For Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement officials as they support closure and conservation efforts.
  • For Interior Department personnel as they seek to steward the nation’s public lands.

Sources: Department of the Interior


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