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

Jim Thorpe, April 6, 2018 — State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that one project in Carbon County will receive $3 million in funding for environmental cleanup and revitalization of abandoned mine lands from the Department of Environmental Protection. Senator Yudichak worked with State Representative Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) 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 Borough of Weatherly received $3 million in funding for acid mine drainage treatment and trout stream restoration as well as construction of the Black Creek Trail. The funding will help with the installation of an active treatment system that will restore eight miles of wild trout stream and help with the construction of a trail between the Borough of Weatherly and the Lehigh Gorge State Park.

“This is great news for Weatherly, because this funding makes both an environmental and economic impact on our community,” said Harold Pudliner, Weatherly Borough Manager. “With the restoration of this stream and the construction of the Black Creek Trail it will make Weatherly a destination for both tourists and new businesses.”

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.



Senator Yudichak Announces Grant for Eastern PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation

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.”