Illinois Receiving $75M to Clean Abandoned Coal Mines

Illinois Receiving $75M to Clean Abandoned Coal Mines

Illinois will receive more than $75 million in funding this year to boost efforts to clean up abandoned coal mines throughout the state.

The funding from the U.S. Department of the Interior is part of President Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure law.

The federal tax funds will be directed to projects where environmental hazards associated with abandoned mines have been detected, including issues such as acid mine drainage, clogged streams, and pollution.

Illinois has 590 unfunded mine reclamation projects in its inventory with an estimated cost of at least $156 million.