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House Lawmakers Try to Kick-Start Coal Mine Cleanup

April 10, 2019, 1:52 PM

A bid to deliver $1 billion in collected funds to coal states for abandoned mine reclamation was revived in the House April 9.

As in previous congressional sessions, the Revitalizing the Economy of Coal Communities by Leveraging Local Activities and Investing More (RECLAIM) Act enjoys broad support from both parties, as well as business and environmental groups throughout Appalachia.

But the bill has faltered in the past because of inattention in the Senate—despite the fact that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) each introduced separate versions of ...

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