The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has awarded P & N Coal Company Inc. the project to manage the mine reclamation project in Jefferson County’s Winslow Township.
The project’s estimated time frame is 36 months, and the DEP expects that it will cost approximately US$193 700.
The work will address parts of a deep mine from the 1920s, on the Lower Freeport coal seam, which is now abandoned.
P & N Coal Company will reclaim 35 acres of abandoned deep mine and subsidence areas. It will also remove any incidental coal – this is allowable due to a 1999 amendment to the states Abandoned Mine Landfill Plan that lets contractors remove incidental and necessary coal from projects receiving less than 50% of their funding from the federal government.
The work will take place near Rathmel, on within the Redbank Creek sub basin north of State Route 1002.
It is reported that the company’s work will benefit local communities by removing safety hazards, encourage positive drainage into Fehley Run and make the property a more suitable habitat for local wildlife.
“We continue to reclaim abandoned mine sites in Pennsylvania,” DEP Knox Office Section Chief, Roger Bowman, said. “This is another example of cleaning up old mines and restoring the natural habitat.”
Edited from press release by Harleigh Hobbs
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