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Nanticoke, April 21, 2017 – State Senator John T. Yudichak (Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that the Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) awarded two grants—one each in Carbon and Luzerne counties— through the Environmental Education Grant Program. In total, DEP awarded $6,000 in grants.

The Environmental Education Grant Program was established by the Environmental Education Act of 1993, which mandates that five percent of all pollution fines and penalties collected annually by DEP be set aside for environmental education. Since the inception of the environmental education grant program, DEP has awarded more than $10 million in grants to support environmental education efforts throughout Pennsylvania.

“Environmental literacy is crucial if we have any hope of preserving the natural beauty of Pennsylvania, curbing pollution of our streams and rivers, and protecting wildlife,” said Senator Yudichak. “These education grants will raise awareness and help train both children and adults in vital environmental conservation efforts.”

In Luzerne County, the Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation (“EPCAMR”) will receive $3,000 in funding for the Plains-Solomon Township Abandoned Mine Drainage Education Project.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to get students outside of the classroom and out in the environment in their own backyard to have them actively take part in the water quality monitoring of the abandoned mine drainage at the Plainsville Borehole site,” said Robert Hughes, Executive Director of EPCAMR. “These students will be asked to think critically about water pollution and its impacts on the environment, wildlife, the fishery, and the surrounding communities.”

In Carbon County, the Schuylkill Headwaters Association will receive $3,000 in funding to help complete the Legacy Anthracite Coal Mining Awareness and Remediation Tour.

“The tour will help people understand our coal mining heritage because you need to experience it in order to properly understand our past,” said President of Schuylkill Headwaters William Reichert. “We want to show our residents what a coal mine actually looks like and the treatment measures and treatment systems we have installed to help with the abatement of acid mine drainage.”

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