Anthracite, commonly known as hard coal, has been commercially mined and prepared in the Northeast Region of Pennsylvania for more than 150 years. Most Anthracite reserves are found in the five counties of Schuylkill, Carbon, Northumberland, Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties. The Anthracite coal fields extend 50 miles east and west and 100 miles north and south covering approximately 484 square miles. Current estimates show 4 to 6 billion tons of reserves of Anthracite left in the region.

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DEP Reports Coal Mining Land Reclamation Financial Program on Firm Footing

11.1.2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Bureau of Mining Programs has completed an actuarial study of its Land Reclamation Financial Guarantee Program (LRFG). According to the report, the LRFG fund is “financially sound as of June 30,...

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Five Democrat Senators Propose Federal Legislation to Extend Black Lung Tax

11.1.2021

Five Democrat Senators who represent Appalachian coal states have proposed legislation to extend the tax that funds benefits for coal miners who suffer from black lung disease. The Black Lung Disability Trust Fund provides medical care and a stipend for disabled...

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Penn State Develops New Sensor That Can Detect Valuable Rare Earth Element Terbium from Acid Mine Drainage (AMD)

11.1.2021

A team of researchers from Penn State University has developed a new luminescent sensor that can detect the Rare Earth Element (REE) terbium from complex environmental samples like AMD. Terbium is one of the rarest earth elements and produces...

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MSHA Announces Proposed Rule Making

11.1.2021

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has announced a proposed rule to require mine operators employing six or more miners to develop a written safety program for mobile and powered haulage equipment (excluding belt conveyors) at surface mines and surface...

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