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Wyoming gets $91 million boost for historic coal reclamation

February 28, 2018 in News

Wyoming’s Department of Environmental Quality will receive an extra $91 million this year from the Interior Department to clean up historic coal mining in the state.

Abandoned Mine Land funds are a significant part of the department’s expected budget, but for the next two years, the Interior is returning additional money owed from the years 2009 through 2011.

The funds come from a federal tax on coal production that flows into a mineral trust fund. It is doled out every year to coal states to serve reclamation efforts. Wyoming, the largest single coal producer in the country, accounted for 55 percent of the collected federal funds last year, said Alan Edwards, administrator of the Department of Environmental Quality’s Abandoned Mine Land division.

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