Kentucky receiving federal money to help reclaim former mine site land

Republished from WEKU.

Kentucky is among six states that will get federal grant money to help reclaim abandoned coal mine sites.

The Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization Program is granting the Commonwealth $28.67 million.

Kentucky will be receiving money alongside West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Alabama and Ohio, along with the Hopi Tribe, Crow Tribe and Navajo Nation.

The Department of the Interior says the program is meant to help create jobs and improve land in communities that have been affected by the downturn in coal production.

In the past, that money was used to help fund Pikeville Medical Center Children’s Hospital, Pikeville’s Kentucky Enterprise Industrial Park, the Haas eKentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute in Paintsville and the Prestonsburg Passage Rail Trail.

It’s as of yet unknown what Kentucky communities will benefit from this year’s funding.

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Originally published by WEKU.

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