DOI Announces $74 Million to Close Abandoned Kentucky Mines 

Local communities receive funding to reclaim potentially dangerous areas.

The Department of the Interior (DOI) announced an additional $74 million to fund the efforts to close abandoned coal mines. Acting Deputy Secretary of the Interior Laura Daniel-Davis and Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear made the announcement after touring the East Kentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute, one of the recipients of this funding. This institute retrains Appalachian-area workers to transition into new careers in robotics.

“We have a historic opportunity to address nearly all currently inventoried abandoned mine lands across the country and create good-paying, family-sustaining jobs in coal communities in the process,” said Acting Deputy Secretary Daniel-Davis. “With these new resources, the Biden-Harris administration is creating new economic opportunities, improving the health, safety, and quality of life of so many Americans and making a real, tangible, coordinated investment in Appalachia.” 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Acting Deputy Secretary Daniel-Davis to be led by the Lord as she facilitates abandoned mine closures.
  • For Governor Beshear and leaders of the local communities as they expend the resources to make the abandoned mining areas safe.
  • For prudence for Secretary Haaland as she heads the Interior Department.

Sources: Department of the Interior


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