Interior Secretary Announces Funding to Close Abandoned Coal Mines

The administration seeks to address open mines polluting air and soil.

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced that $46.4 million is now available to close abandoned coal mines throughout the country. According to the Interior Department, millions of Americans live less than a mile from an abandoned coal mine, exposing them to pollutants from these mines that permeate the local air, water, and ground.

“Through President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, the Department is helping to implement the largest investment in tackling legacy pollution in American history,” said Secretary Deb Haaland. “These new resources are creating jobs, catalyzing economic opportunity, and revitalizing coal communities as we work to clean up toxic sites and build healthier communities.” 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For wisdom for Secretary Haaland as she facilitates efforts to clean up abandoned coal mines.
  • For Interior Department officials as they review potential recipients of government funding to close up the mines.

Sources: Department of the Interior


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