Energy and Environment Cabinet recognizes state environmental award winners at annual conference

Smith Brothers Excavating, of Manchester, which was honored with the Excellence in Abandoned Mine Lands Reclamation Award, given by the Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands, for its reclamation project that demonstrated that mining can be completed and the area returned to a condition that is equal to or better than what existed before.

The company reclaimed the McKinney property in Floyd County, where a slide encroached upon and partially blocked Branham’s Creek, creating potential upstream flooding. The company constructed a steel panel wall to stop the landslide and created a bench behind the wall and installed drainage controls. -Read More-