Senator Yudichak Announces Funding for Abandoned Mine Land projects in Luzerne County

Nanticoke, April 6, 2018 — State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that four projects in Luzerne County will receive over $7.8 million in funding for environmental cleanup and revitalization of abandoned mine lands from the Department of Environmental Protection. Senator Yudichak worked with State Senator John Gordner and State Representatives Eddie Day Pashinski, Gerald Mullery, Tarah Toohil, and Aaron Kaufer to secure this funding.

“The environmental leadership exhibited by the communities and organizations throughout northeastern Pennsylvania should be commended for their steadfast approach to revitalizing the region by reclaiming mine scarred lands for community and economic growth,” said Senator John Yudichak.

The Earth Conservancy will receive $2.5 million in funding for the construction and completion of Bliss Bank 3 Business Park, located in Hanover and Newport Townships. The project consists of remediation of 55 acres of mined land, including 1,200 feet of dangerous mine highwalls, which will allow the completion of the 220-acre Bliss Bank business park. With active recruitment of nationwide companies underway, about 1,000 full-time jobs are anticipated.

“Receiving this award is crucial to the overall goal of reclaiming mine land and turning it into economic growth opportunities for our region,” said Mike Dziak, Director of Communications for the Earth Conservancy. “Part of this project is constructing a roadway that will connect Bliss Bank 3 to the South Valley Parkway, which is already drawing interest from businesses that can come in here and create jobs.”

In Luzerne County, the following projects will also receive funding:

  • Hazle Township will receive $2 million – CAN DO North Park Drive Business Park, Hazle Township: Almost 130 acres of mine land will be regraded to pre-mining conditions to be developed into seven developable parcels in the CAN DO Industrial Park.
  • Hazle Township will receive $1 million – Hollars Hill South AML site and Cranberry Creek Gateway Project, Hazle Township: About 150 acres of mine spoil, industrial/residential waste, and hazardous structures will be reclaimed for a community ballfield complex and to allow development of the planned residential, retail, and commercial development called Cranberry Creek Gateway.
  • The Borough of Swoyersville will receive $2.3 million – Swoyersville refuse pile/community athletic complex, Swoyersville Borough: In the first phase of the Swoyersville culm bank reclamation, approximately 15 acres of the 55-acre coal refuse pile will be removed and remediated, with over 2 million cubic yards of refuse anticipated to be usable for electricity cogeneration facilities. Floodplain restoration will improve water quality in the Abrahams Creek Watershed and reduce flooding. Seven acres of the reclaimed property will be transferred to Swoyersville Borough for development of a new community athletic complex that will allow multiple teams to play, drawing more people to the borough.

Project funding comes from the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) 2017 AML Pilot Program, which specifically targets abandoned mine cleanup projects that are linked to local community and economic development goals.

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Senator Yudichak and Representative Heffley Announce Over $700,000 in Funding for the Commonwealth Financing Authority

Jim Thorpe, January 23, 2018 — State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and State Representative Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) announced today that nine Carbon County projects will receive $797,458 in funding through the Monroe County Local Share Account from the Commonwealth Financing Authority.

“The funding announced today will help our local communities complete important infrastructure and safety projects throughout Carbon County,” said Senator Yudichak. “The state’s investment in these projects ensures continued development and progress for the region and most importantly an enhanced quality of life for each resident in Carbon County.”

“These worthwhile projects assist Carbon County fire companies, first responders and local governments,” said Heffley. “I am pleased to work alongside Sen. Yudichak to ensure these state funds are awarded to worthy development initiatives that will improve our communities.”

The following projects in Carbon County were approved for funding:

  • Carbon County will receive $200,000 in funding for Phase 1B in the construction process of the Carbon County Emergency and Operations Center. Phase 1B is the construction of a fire tower, which will be utilized by Carbon County fire departments for training purposes.
  • The Borough of Beaver Meadows will receive $167,500 on behalf of the Carbon County Council of Governments. The funding will be used to purchase an Elgin Whirlwind Street Sweeper. The street sweeper will be shared between all member municipalities in the CCCOG.
  • The Borough of Nesquehoning will receive $166,053 in funding on behalf of the Nesquehoning Hose Company No. 1. The funding will be used to complete a renovation project on the Nesquehoning Hose Company No. 1 firehouse.
  • Franklin Township will receive $150,000 in funding on behalf of the Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company. The funding will be used to complete a renovation project on the Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company’s firehouse.
  • The Borough of Lansford will receive $35,000 in funding to help with the reconstruction of the Lansford Pool.
  • Banks Township will receive $34,300 in funding on behalf of the Tresckow Fire Department. The funding will be used to make ADA and HVAC renovations to the Tresckow Fire Department’s social hall, which hosts the community’s major events and meetings.
  • The Carbon County Chamber and Economic Development Corp. will receive $21,618 in funding on behalf of the Lehighton Area Library. The funding will help complete an abatement and renovation project.
  • Penn Forest Township will receive $20,000 in funding on behalf of the Penn Forest Township Fire Company No. 1. The funding will be used to help purchase and install a new electric sign outside its facility.
  • The Carbon County Chamber and Economic Development Corp. will receive $2,987 in funding on behalf of the Carbon County Community Foundation.

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Yudichak and Heffley Announce over $800,000 in Funding from the Commonwealth Financing Authority

JIM THORPE, March 29, 2016 – State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and State Representative Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) announced today that seven Carbon County projects will receive $816,070 in funding from the Commonwealth Financing Authority.

“The state’s investment in these important community projects will improve public safety, invest in regional infrastructure, and enhance the quality of life for the residents throughout Carbon County,” said Yudichak.

“Each of these projects provide a substantial benefit to our communities and to Carbon County as whole,” said Heffley. “Sen. Yudichak and I work together to ensure we can provide funding for as many projects as possible, and I am very glad to see public safety and tourism priorities reflected in these efforts.”

Lansford Borough will receive $160,000 to construct a municipal garage. The pole building facility will be used to house borough equipment and also will store tools and vehicles used by the Lansford Borough Streets Department.

Mahoning Township will receive $131,000 on behalf of the Carbon County Council of Governments to help with the purchase of a street sweeper. The street sweeper will serve as a crucial addition to the CCCOG and will be shared between the 18 municipalities that are currently members.

Carbon County will receive $125,000 to help with the completion of phase 1-B of the Emergency Operations and Training Center. The Carbon County EOTC will serve as a training hub for all Carbon County first responders, including a fire and police training facility with burn and observation towers.

Jim Thorpe Borough will receive $67,449 to help with the purchase of solar powered parking kiosks that will be installed on the west side of the borough. This will allow residents and visitors to pay with coins, bills, or credit cards, making the parking process more convenient. The borough will also purchase a hand held computer and signage for the kiosks.

Kidder Township will receive $42,026 for a paving and sidewalk replacement project at the Kidder Township Municipal Building. The Municipal Building houses the Kidder Township Police Department, all of the township’s committee meetings, and serves as the region’s emergency shelter.

Lehighton Borough will receive $34,000 to help purchase equipment upgrades and technological improvements for the Lehighton Borough Police Department.

$256,595 of the funding was granted through the Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer program, which assists municipalities with the construction, improvement, expansion, and rehabilitation or repair of a water supply or sewer system. One Carbon County project was funded.

“The Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Grant Program is vital to keeping our community’s water and sewer infrastructure safe and dependable,” said Yudichak. “The Palmerton Municipal Authority will utilize these important state funds to upgrade its facilities and deliver better water services to its customers.”

The tank and pump station will offer residents a reliable supply of water for daily and emergency use. Currently, high water usage creates water shortage issues for 125 homes serviced by the 5 hp electric booster pump.

“I am glad to see funds available for this local infrastructure project that will increase water pressure in the west end of Palmerton,” said Heffley.

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