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Nanticoke, May 6, 2016 – State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and Representative Gerald Mullery (D-119th) today announced a $734,600 Growing Greener grant for the Earth Conservancy Bliss Bank Project in Nanticoke.

The money will be used for Bliss Bank Phase II a 54 acre reclamation project that is part of a larger 200 acre tract known as Bliss Bank Phase I. The land is located on Prospect Street in Nanticoke across the street from Luzerne County Community College.  The goal of the project is to make the land available for development.

“Creating economic opportunities while cleaning up the environment is a great use of state resources,” said Senator John Yudichak. “The Earth Conservancy has proven it has the ability to effectively manage grant dollars to reclaim mine scarred land and make it available for development.”

“The Earth Conservancy thanks the State of Pennsylvania for having the Growing Greener Program,” said Michael Dziak, President/ CEO of the Earth Conservancy.

“And with this grant Earth Conservancy will continue a second phase of restoring mine scarred land in the Bliss area across from Luzerne County Community College.  This will provide land for future development and save our green area for conservation and open space.”

“The environmental benefits of the cleanup are important, but it will also have an economic benefit. The project will allow the property to be used for mixed use development that could someday support economic initiatives,” said Rep. Gerald Mullery who worked with Senator Yudichak to secure the grant.

Growing Greener grants are used for a variety of projects that include helping communities address land use; and provide new and upgraded water and sewer systems.