Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

WV State News

August 16, 2012

W.Va. acid mine drainage project shelved

MORGANTOWN, — A mine pollution cleanup project in northern West Virginia has been shelved and its federal funding given to another project.

The U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service had allocated $2.9 million to pay for building an acid mine treatment plant at the abandoned Richard Mine along Deckers Creek. The agency told media outlets this week that it reallocated the funding to another project because there’s no local sponsor.

Also, the funding from the Small Watershed Program would cover only the construction costs. The agency doesn’t have funding to pay for the plant’s design.

Morgantown had offered to be the local sponsor. But the federal agency says the city’s plan didn’t meet the federal law’s requirements for local sponsors.

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