Advanced Energy Stimulus Funds Approved for Mine Reclamation Project

(Columbus - October 16, 2009) An innovative project aimed at reclaiming abandoned mine lands around Ohio was authorized for funding from the Advanced Energy Job Stimulus Program at the October meeting of the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority (OAQDA).

The project also will test a potential, environmentally friendly method for using and disposing of byproducts created during combustion at Ohio’s coal-based power plants.

The OAQDA grant of $1,436,035 will come from the agency’s Ohio Coal Development Office through the state job stimulus program and will contribute to the total project cost of $5,052,397. The project will create five new full-time jobs and six new part-time jobs, while retaining an additional 12 full-time jobs. It represents the fifth project approved under the $150 million Advanced Energy Program.

The program consists of $84 million for advanced energy non-coal projects and $66 million of clean coal projects. The funds approved for the mine reclamation project are from the coal portion of the program.
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