4/3/15 – Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) Funds Presentations – AML Policy Priorities Group Educational Tour: Monteagle, Crossville, Rocky Top
ABANDONED MINE LANDS (AML) FUNDS PRESENTATIONS
AML POLICY PRORITIES GROUP EDUCATIONAL TOUR: MONTEAGLE, CROSSVILLE, ROCKY TOP
What: An series of educational presentations on Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) Fund to inform and advise communities across Appalachia about the fund. This tour is supported by the AML Policy Priorities Group, a multi-stakeholder group initially formed to inform the AML Fund research project of two Appalachian Transition Fellows and their host organizations: Kendall Bilbrey through The Alliance for Appalachia and Eric Dixon through Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center. The goal of their research is to recommend policy changes through their AML whitepaper and what the policy changes are that are necessary for leveraging these funds into their communities.
Where and When:
- DuBose Conference Center (635 College Street, Monteagle, TN), Monday, Apr. 6, 2015, 6-8 p.m. CT
- Common Ground (405 W. Fourth Street, Crossville, TN), Tuesday, Apr. 7, 2015, 6-8 p.m. CT
- Rocky Top Community Center (216 N. Main Street, Rocky Top, TN), Thursday, Apr. 9, 2015, 6-8 p.m. ET
Why: Abandoned mine lands (AMLs) are lands, waters and surrounding watersheds where extraction, benefaction or processing of ores and minerals has occurred. AMLs can pose serious threats to human health and the environment. The AML program, which was established to help clean up mines that had not been reclaimed before the passing of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA), is authorized by Title IV of the Surface Mining Law. States with an approved program (including Tennessee) are eligible for AML grants to help clean up lands that have abandoned mines on them. This includes lands owned by private citizens. The funds come from fees paid by active coal mine operators on each ton of coal mined. The more members of Tennessee communities affected by AMLs know about the fund, the more they can call on the Office of Surface Mining and the State of Tennessee to invest in cleaning up and supporting their land and their communities.