PA Coal Alliance Recognizes Mining Companies For Exemplary Surface Mine Reclamation
The Pennsylvania Coal Alliance recently recognized the efforts of several member companies who performed above and beyond federal and state regulations for reclaiming coal mine sites to environmentally sound conditions with productive uses during the 2016 calendar year.
Pennsylvania continues to be a leader in reclamation efforts. The awarded sites cover include the reclamation of 60 acres of previously affected abandoned mine lands.
Robindale Energy Services, Inc. of Latrobe, PA received an award for the best overall reclamation for the Renton Pile in Allegheny County. The completed project included 20 acres of mined and unreclaimed land, which has improved the water quality of Little Plum Creek in Allegheny County.
Reclamation Awards were also presented to companies with outstanding achievements in reclamation--
-- Amerikohl Mining, Inc. of Butler, PA, was recognized for completion of reclamation at the Smith Mine in Armstrong County and the Makray Mine in Clarion County;
-- Coal Loaders, Inc. received an award for the reclamation of the Mellon #1 Mine in Westmoreland County; and
-- PBS Coals, Inc. and Wilson Creek Energy, LLC were recognized for their reclamation efforts in Somerset County at the Barta Mine and Ankeny Mine, respectively.
“PCA members companies have the expertise needed to address environmental impacts of the past, and a strong long-term commitment to environmental stewardship,” said PCA Executive Director Rachel Gleason. “We commend their continued dedication to our communities and the Commonwealth.”
The award-winning sites were chosen in cooperation with the Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Active and Abandoned Mine Operations using an evaluation process based on pre-mining condition, reclamation quality, the degree of difficulty and correction of environmental and safety hazards.
For more information on issues related to coal mining, visit the Pennsylvania Coal Alliance website.
[Posted: Sept. 26, 2017]
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