DEP Releases 2016 Reclamation & Re-mining Incentives Report

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has released tis 2016 “Reclamation and Re-mining Incentive Report.” According to the DEP, since its inception, the incentives developed by the DEP have reclaimed 7,000 acres of abandoned mine lands at an equivalent of $47.4 million in value.

According to the 2016 Incentive report, five companies utilized Government Financed Construction Contracts (GFCC) to complete six projects totaling 154 acres of land. The value of this reclamation totaled nearly $1.5 million. Additionally, operators completed three Financial Guarantee projects totaling 112 acres valued at a $1.065 million.

The Government-Financed Reclamation Construction Contracts (GFCC) establishes contracts for mining companies to conduct operations that reclaim Abandoned Mines Land (AML) sites at little or no cost to the public. Since 1991, 279 GFCC contracts have been issued with an estimated reclamation value of approximately $21 million.

Under the Financial Guarantee program, the DEP provides low cost bonding of re-mining areas. As of December 31, 2016, 149 coal mine operators used Financial Guarantees to bond 740 mining permit increments. When completed those operators will have reclaimed 3,978 acres of AML, saving Commonwealth taxpayers an estimated $37.8 million.

For a copy of the 2016 “Reclamation and Re-Mining Incentive Report.” Please contact the Pennsylvania Anthracite Council at 717-737-9825 or e-mail at hardcoalorg@paanthracite.com.

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