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Remining in Virginia

Over 71,000 acres of land in Virginia have been affected by coal mining. It is estimated that it would take approximately 55 years at the present rate of funding and reclamation construction to reclaim the remaining Priority 1 and Priority 2 Abandoned Mine Land (AML) sites. In addition, it would cost more than $313 million to reclaim the identified Priority 3 sites. One way to accelerate reclamation of AML is through remining.

The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy's (DMME) Division of Mined Land Reclamation (DMLR), The Nature Conservancy, Virginia Tech/Powell River Project, and U. S. Office of Surface Mining combined resources to develop proposals for incentives that will promote economically viable, environmentally beneficial remining operations that reclaim AML sites. Initial meetings led to the development of a Remining Ad Hoc Work Group that includes representatives from industry, other governmental agencies, special interest groups, and citizens of Southwest Virginia. Our Ad Hoc Group has identified existing incentives and continues to propose new ones.

Existing Remining Incentives:

Proposed Remining Incentives:

For additional information contact (276) 523-8171 or e-mail.

 

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