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  • MOUNTAINTOP REMOVAL MINING
  • HARDROCK MINING
  • ACID MINE DRAINAGE
Winning Issue » ACID MINE DRAINAGE


Many of the cities and states which fostered our Industrial Revolution grew to prominence because they were situated on rich coal deposits. Coal mining, including surface mining, was common in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and throughout the Appalachian region. However, many of these mines were improperly abandoned when they stopped producing, leaving behind residual waste pits and piles of debris tailings exposed to the elements. Sulfuric Acid is created when water and air oxidize the metal sulfides in the surrounding rock or tailings of coal and metal mines. This acidic compound kills most organic life as it seeps into the ground and drains into lakes and streams. Also, since many coal mines were situated below sea level, pumps were required to remove water that accumulated in these mines when they were producing. This pumping was halted after these mines closed but the acidic water that filled many underground caverns is now migrating into our waterways. Environmentalists say the formation of sulfuric acid is unavoidable and irreversible once acid-generating rock is crushed and exposed to moisture and oxygen. This process can continue for thousands of years until the sulfide minerals in the rock are exhausted. Roman-era mines have been discovered which are still producing acid drainage.

Pending Legislation: H.R.1733 - RECLAIM Act of 2021
Sponsor: Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA)
Status: House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources (Natural Resources)
Chair: Rep. Alan Lowenthal (CA)



Options


  • I oppose reforming current acid mine drainage policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA).
  • I support:
    1.) Expanding and revising the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund to provide support for economic revitalization, diversification and development in economically distressed mining communities through the reclamation and restoration of land and water resources adversely affected by coal mining carried out before 1977.

    2.) Making specified funds available to the Department of the Interior through 2024 for distribution to states and Indian tribes for reclaiming and restoring abandoned mine lands and waters in such communities.

    And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Alan Lowenthal (CA) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.


Winning Option
  • I support:
    1.) Expanding and revising the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund to provide support for economic revitalization, diversification and development in economically distressed mining communities through the reclamation and restoration of land and water resources adversely affected by coal mining carried out before 1977.

    2.) Making specified funds available to the Department of the Interior through 2024 for distribution to states and Indian tribes for reclaiming and restoring abandoned mine lands and waters in such communities.

    And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Alan Lowenthal (CA) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.
There has been $0.00 pledged in support of this issue
Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Alan Lowenthal (CA) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider passing H.R.1733 - RECLAIM Act of 2021.

If elected as a trustee, Appalachian Mountain Advocates will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to advocate for remediating acid mine drainage.

About: Appalachian Mountain Advocates is a non-profit law and policy center dedicated to fighting for clean water and a clean energy future. The current scale of the fossil fuel industry harms the people, land, water and air in our region and across the world. Whether it’s coal, oil or gas, extracting and burning fossil fuels poisons the water we drink. It pollutes the air we breathe. With the opening of our new Virginia office, we are expanding our focus to fight investment in natural gas, making space in the marketplace for affordable renewables. We are dedicated to continuing the fight for clean water and a clean energy future.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
October 11, 2021
Trustee Election - Closing Date
October 18, 2021