NANTICOKE, September 13, 2017 − Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that the Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation (EPCAMR) has received a $390,000 federal grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

With the funding, EPCAMR will continue to be able to provide support to watershed groups and municipalities in their pursuit of protecting watersheds impacted by abandoned mine drainage (AMD) in Northeastern Pennsylvania. This includes being able to do a monthly water quality assessment of discharges in the Northern Anthracite Coal Field to plan for AMD remediation and quarterly borehole monitoring with a plan for abatement of AMD including high and low precipitation events.

“For over twenty years, EPCAMR has led reclamation efforts of abandoned mine lands as well as restored and remediated watersheds impacted by abandoned mine drainage in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The grant allows EPCAMR to continue to revitalize Northeastern Pennsylvania by removing the environmental scars left behind by the coal industry,” said Senator Yudichak. “

“Through education and engagement, EPCAMR can advance environmental justice and set the stage for commercial and residential development to take root in communities across the region,” said Robert Hughes, Executive Director of EPCAMR. “We appreciate the support of DEP, along with Senator Yudichak and our congressional delegation in helping EPCAMR to carry on with our vital initiatives and support our coalfield partners throughout Pennsylvania.”