In Pennsylvania, more than 287,000 acres and 5,500 miles of streams remain impaired from abandoned mine pollution. Thankfully, in 1977, Congress created the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund to help clean up this legacy pollution. The fund, which charges a small fee on every ton of coal taken from the earth, is set to expire in 2021.
Fortunately, a resolution in Congress is gaining momentum to reauthorize the fund, and your representative is a cosponsor on this legislation.
Since 1977, Pennsylvania has received $1.3 billion from this fund. Trout Unlimited has put the money to work in the famed Kettle Creek Watershed, reclaiming streams for native brook trout.
Without reauthorization, communities and taxpayers will be left with a multibillion-dollar bill to clean up this legacy pollution.
For more information on how you can get involved in this campaign, please reach out to Rob Shane, Mid-Atlantic Organizer for Trout Unilimited, by phone (571-274-0598) or email (email@example.com).