Subcommittee Hearing: Restoring Abandoned Mine Lands, Local Economies, and the Environment

Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021 Time: 12:00 PM Presiding: The Honorable Alan Lowenthal, Chair

On Thursday, March 18, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. (EDT), the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources will host a virtual, fully remote legislative hearing titled, “Restoring Abandoned Mine Lands, Local Economies, and the Environment,” including the following bills and other related measures.  

  • H.R. 1146 (Rep. Darin LaHood), Community Reclamation Partnerships Act
  • H.R. 1733 (Rep. Matt Cartwright), Revitalizing the Economy of Coal Communities by Leveraging Local Activities and Investing More Act of 2021 or the RECLAIM Act of 2021
  • H.R. 1734 (Rep. Matt Cartwright), Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act Amendments of 2021

The hearing will take place on the Cisco WebEx platform and will be livestreamed on the Committee’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

Witness List

Panel I

Rep. Matt Cartwright, Pennsylvania, 8th District

Rep. Darin LaHood, Illinois, 18th District

Panel II

Ms. Marissa Lautzenheiser (testimony)

Program Director, Rural Action Mineral City, OH

Mr. Robert Hughes (testimony)

Executive Director, Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation (EPCAMR) Ashley, PA

Mr. John Stefanko (testimony)

Deputy Secretary, Office of Active and Abandoned Mine Operations Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
On behalf of: Interstate Mining Compact Commission
Harrisburg, PA

Ms. Susan Kozak (testimony)

Director, Soil Conservation and Water Quality Division
Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
President, National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Programs (NAAMLP) Des Moines, IA

Mr. Todd Parfitt (testimony)

Director, Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality Cheyanne, WY