A U.S. House committee has advanced a bill that would send a billion dollars for mine reclamation and economic development in coal communities.
The RECLAIM Act was first proposed in 2016 by Kentucky Rep. Hal Rogers. It authorizes the release of $1 billion over five years from the federal Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund. The money would be earmarked for cleaning up abandoned mine sites, as well as identifying and funding economic development projects on the sites.
Rogers’ spokesperson didn’t respond to a request for comment.