Share Interior Announces More Than $170 Million in Conservation Funding for States and Tribes to Reclaim and Repurpose Abandoned Coal Mines

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt today announced the availability of Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Reclamation grants through the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE). A total of $170.9 million in grants will be provided this year for states and tribes to reclaim and repurpose abandoned coal lands. […]

Belt Creek’s comeback depends on treatment plant

For decades, discharges from the abandoned Belt Anaconda Coal Mine flowed into the creek, making it so acidic few fish can survive in it, says Bill Snoddy, a project manager for the Montana Department of Environmental Quality’s Abandoned Mine Lands Program… Read More

Restoration project works to decontaminate Belt Creek water

BELT – Montana’s history of mining from a century ago has left the state with a toxic legacy that officials continue to deal with. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has an inventory of 3,000 abandoned mines, including an old mine that’s spilling 165 gallons of polluted water a minute into a creek just outside the […]