Home > newsroom > Page
RECLAIM Act Needed to Accelerate Reclamation of Abandoned Mine Lands


WASHINGTON, D.C., April 5, 2017 -

Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a legislative hearing on H.R. 1731 (Rep. Hal Rogers, R-KY), the “Revitalizing the Economy of Coal Communities by Leveraging Local Activities and Investing More Act of 2017” or “RECLAIM Act.”

[H.R. 1731] finds a hard struck balance between many interested states and interested parties… this bill represents how an existing federal program can be leveraged to provide an economic stimulus for numerous states,” Subcommittee Chairman Paul Gosar (R-AZ) said.

The RECLAIM Act addresses outstanding abandoned mine lands (AML) issues, including ensuring that monies authorized to be spent under the program are limited to reclamation work alone, while encouraging economic revitalization in coal communities nationwide.

I sponsored the RECLAIM Act to help revitalize coal communities all across the nation that have been devastated by the downturn of the coal industry. In my District in Eastern Kentucky, we have lost over 11,6000 coal mining jobs over the last 8 years,” Rep. Rogers said.

Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA), representative for Pennsylvania’s 5th Congressional District and an original cosponsor of the RECLAIM Act, talked about supporting growth in coal-reliant communities and the need to safeguard AML funds for reclamation purposes. Pennsylvania’s 5th district has the most AML sites of any congressional district in the country.

One of my counties, Clearfield County, has more abandoned mine sites than the State of New Mexico… There is a need for reclamation and this money was contributed by hard working coal miners. First and foremost we really need to make sure that it’s being used for the purpose of what it was intended,” Rep. Thompson said.

Robert Scott, Director of the Division of Abandoned Mine Land in the Kentucky Department of Natural Resources, testified that the bill would accelerate both reclamation and economic benefits.

The balanced approach in H.R. 1731, if carefully implemented, offers the potential to accelerate progress with reclamation, and in turn, to accelerate the economic and community benefits that progress brings,Scott stated.

Click here to view full witness testimony.


Contact: Committee Press Office 202-226-9019

Latest News

Preserving an American Tradition: Maintaining Access and Increasing Opportunities on our Public Lands

OP-ED: Preserving an American Tradition: Maintaining Access and Increasing Opportunities on our Public Lands Congressman Rob Bishop Chairman, House Committee on Natural Resources Sportsmen are the he...... Read more

Bishop Statement on Dan Love Employment Status

Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement on the employment status of Senior Bureau of Land Management Law Enforcement Manager Dan Love: “The previous administration turned a blind eye...... Read more

Chairman Bishop Statement on Secretary Zinke's Sportsmen Directive

Today, Chairman Rob Bishop issued the following statement in reaction to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke's secretarial order to promote outdoor recreation on federal lands. “Americans depend on r...... Read more

View All News

Calendar

Legislative Hearing on 4 Fishery Bills
Water, Power and Oceans | 1334 Longworth House Office Building Washington D.C. 20515
Legislative Hearing on 3 Tribal Recognition Bills
Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs | 1334 Longworth House Office Building Washington D.C. 20515
View All Events