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$291 million to Clean Up and Repurpose Abandoned Coal Mines

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Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt has announced that more than $291 million in funds will be distributed to states and tribes in an effort to eliminate dangerous conditions and pollution caused by former coal mining. The most allocated will be going to Wyoming, who is receiving $87,833,889.

Click below for the US Department of the Interiors News Release.
https://www.osmre.gov/resources/newsroom/News/2019/031919_AMLdistribution.pdf

Click below to see an article on it pertaining to IN.
https://indianapublicmedia.org/news/indiana-gets-8.1m-to-clean,-repurpose-old-coal-mines.php


News on Federal Black Lung Funding

Congress established the Black Lung trust fund in 1978. The tax rate used to fund it expired on Dec. 31, 2018, and has since been cut in half, leaving many beneficiaries uncertain of what will happen next.

Below are links to articles regarding the current state of federal Black Lung funding.

  • AP News Break: Congress’ Inaction Endangers Black Lung Fund
  • NY Times: With Black Lung Fund in Jeopardy, Taxpayers Could Fit the Bill
  • KHN: Expected Shortfalls For Black Lung Fund Will Be Covered By Taxpayers Instead Of Coal Companies


  • Thousands Of Coal Miners Dying From Advanced Form Of Black Lung Disease Which Could Have Been Prevented, Investigation Finds

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    “In an investigatory piece conducted jointly with the PBS investigative series FrontlineNPR (1/22, Berkes) reports, “Thousands of coal miners are dying from an advanced form of black lung disease, and federal regulators could have prevented it if they had paid closer attention to their own data.” 


    DOL: “U.S. Mining Fatalities in 2018 Were Second Lowest on Record”

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    On January 9, 2019 the Mine Safety & Health Administration of the Department of Labor reported that 2018 was the second lowest year on record for U.S. mining fatalities. Click here to be directed to the News Release.