Funds Part of the Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization Program
The Department of the Interior has announced that the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement is providing $135 million in funding for Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization (AMLER) grants. The program was established in 2016 to fund projects that return legacy coal mining sites to productive uses through economic and community development. The AMLER grants will help address high priority abandoned mine land problems that pose immediate threats to health, safety, and welfare of communities, including clogged streams, dangerous piles or embankments, dangerous highwalls, underground mine fires and polluted water. The grants are available to the six Appalachian states with the highest number of unfunded high priority abandoned mine land problems and three Tribes with approved AML programs.