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Reclamation Bill Promises to Stimulate Appalachia’s Economy

King Coal is not looking very royal these days in Appalachia, with the competition of low-sulfur coal from the west and natural gas causing bankruptcies and high unemployment. On February 3 a bi-partisan group led by Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) introduced a bill to speed up the allotment of $1 billion from the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund. Known as the RECLAIM ACT, the bill is a means of restoring the environmental damage in the mountains, the bill serves as a companion to the aims of the Obama administration’s Power Plus Plan to create a more divers economic base in the region.

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