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Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Pilot Program

The Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Economic Development Pilot Program (AML Pilot) for FY 2016 was authorized by Congress under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (Public Law 114-113) and enacted on December 18, 2015. Administered by the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), the AML Pilot provided $30 million of US Treasury Funds to each of the three Appalachian state AML Programs (Kentucky, Pennsylvania and West Virginia) which have the highest amount of unfunded coal-related problems that are classified as Priority 1 and Priority 2 abandoned mine lands sites and inventoried in the Enhanced Abandoned Mine Land Inventory System (e-AMLIS). The AML Pilot funds are to be used “for the reclamation of abandoned mine lands in conjunction with economic and community development and reuse goals”.

Congress has since authorized AML Pilot Program funding for Pennsylvania for FY 2017 and FY 2018. The 2017 AML Pilot Program was authorized by Congress under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (Public Law 115-31) and provided an additional $25 million of US Treasury Funds to PA’s AML Program. The 2018 AML Pilot Program was authorized by Congress under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (Public Law 115-141) and provides an additional $25 million of US Treasury Funds to PA’s AML Program for reclamation of AML in conjunction with economic development and community revitalization.

Program Guidelines and Pennsylvania Projects by Federal Fiscal Year

FY 2018 AML Pilot Program ($25 million)

FY 2017 AML Pilot Program ($25 million)

FY 2016 AML Pilot Program ($30 million)