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Grant Funding Available for Economic Development Projects on Strip Mines

Janet Kunicki/ WVPB
Former strip mine in Boone County

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Abandoned Mine Lands and Reclamation is taking applications for grant funding available for economic development projects.

The goal of the Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Economic Development Pilot Program is to provide financial assistance to communities hoping to redevelop lands near abandoned mine sites across the state. 

Since 2016, 18 projects have received a total of $53 million dollars in grant funding. Those projects are located in Boone, Clay, Kanawha, Fayette, Lincoln, Logan, Marion, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Preston, Raleigh, and Tucker counties.

The projects that received grant funding ranged from water line expansions and public sewer system improvements to new construction at a YMCA facility and development of an ATV trail.

The DEP is seeking applications for economic development projects located on or adjacent to mine sites that ceased operations prior to the signing of the Surface Mine Control and Reclamation Act in 1977.

Applications are due June 15.

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