PA Eyes New Land For Abandoned Mine Cleanup

Dec 7, 2017

Environmental officials in Pennsylvania have long focused on cleaning up the most hazardous old mines, but they plan to start addressing other abandoned mining sites that pose fewer public health dangers. 

A pile of waste coal sits abandoned in Fredericktown.
Credit Reid Frazier

Patrick McDonnell, secretary of the state Department of Environmental Protection, announced Tuesday that his agency is developing a program aimed at converting these spaces into recreation areas.

“Traditionally the moneys we’ve had available for mining have been focused on dangerous highwalls, major stream impacts, things like that,” he said.

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