Full Title: Moving Forward at Warp Speed: Abandoned Mine Reclamation Over the Coming Years: Update including Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fee Reauthorization
Author(s): Joey James, Dale Shannon, Evan Hansen
Publisher(s): Downstream Strategies, Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition
Publication Date: October 5, 2021
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As Congress continues to negotiate the passage of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, delays are sidelining both the reauthorization of the Abandoned Mine Land (AML) fund and the investment of $11.3 billion in AML funding included in the package. Newly-updated research from West Virginia-based Downstream Strategies indicates that the expiration of the authorization of the AML fund and the failure to secure the bipartisan bill’s large AML investment is jeopardizing jobs and economic growth in three Appalachian states: West Virginia, Virginia, and Ohio.