On April 28 at 12pm ET, The Clinch Coalition is co-hosting the RECLAIM Town Hall in support of two bills that are crucial to the cleanup of abandoned mine lands and economic transition efforts across the country. Join us and Congressman Matt Cartwright of Pennsylvania to learn about how coal-impacted communities will benefit from the RECLAIM Act and Reauthorization of the Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Fund, and have an opportunity to ask your questions about the bills.
The RECLAIM Act (HR 1733) commits $1 billion to help clean up hazardous abandoned coal mines while also supporting projects that foster community and economic development. If passed, the RECLAIM Act will spur immediate job creation and create the conditions for longer-term, locally-driven economic development efforts to build better, brighter futures in coal communities across the country.
AML Fund Reauthorization (HR 1734) would continue to fund the program that reclaims abandoned coal mines permitted before 1977. The program is set to expire this year, and Congress must reauthorize it to continue funding abandoned mine land cleanup for another 15 years.
This RECLAIM Act Town Hall is sponsored by Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation, Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards (SAMS), Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM), The Clinch Coalition, Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, Reimagine Appalachia, Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center, Citizens Climate Lobby, Center for Coalfield Justice, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC), West Virginia Interfaith Power and Light, The Alliance For Appalachia, and Appalachian Voices!