Press Release: Congressman Hal Rogers announces $1 billion to help coal region on heels of broad community effort to support the Power+ Plan

The bill would disburse $200 million per year, over five years, to states and tribes for the purpose of developing mine reclamation projects that create long-term economic opportunities in agriculture, energy, recreational tourism, and more.

Appalachian Citizens' Law Center

A bipartisan group of legislators headed by Congressman Hal Rogers announced today that they are introducing the “RECLAIM Act.” The bill would release $1 billion to put people to work reclaiming abandoned mines and create economic opportunities in communities struggling with the decline of the coal industry.

The RECLAIM Act will reach the House floor with bipartisan support from across Appalachia. Matt Cartwright (D-PA), Evan Jenkins (R-WV), Don Beyer (D-VA), and Morgan Griffith (R-VA) are all original co-sponsors of the bill.

The bill would disburse $200 million per year, over five years, to states and tribes for the purpose of developing mine reclamation projects that create long-term economic opportunities in agriculture, energy, recreational tourism, and more.

The RECLAIM Act represents one pillar of the proposed federal Power+ Plan. Over the past six months, a community-led movement to pass the POWER+ Plan has emerged across the region. Twenty-eight (28) local governments…

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