On Sept. 6, the Mirror featured an article regarding an amendment to the Abandoned Mines Lands Fund and the risk of loss of money for cleanup of abandoned mine lands.
U.S. Sen. Robert Casey and state Rep. Camille "Bud" George took action against this amendment.
George was quoted: "Mine reclamation projects create jobs and clean up our water. To see this funding disappear could halt decades of progress."
George is right. Casey introduced legislation against the amendments.
The senator is confusing.
His 2011 Senate vote favoring Environmental Protection Agency proposals cripples facilities aiding in this cleanup.
Once lauded by government officials, Pennsylvania's waste coal power plants are proven successes.
A local plant has reclaimed 10 million tons of waste without a single notice of violation.
Mine cleanup and waste coal power generation are linked. The process works, and the jobs are needed.
Bob Gherrity III
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