It is important Congress supports RECLAIM Act

Dear Editor:

Wyoming has a long history of coal mining, stretching back through the last century. With that past mining comes a great deal of reclamation work to clean-up and restore these old mining sites scattered around the state. This is why the RECLAIM Act before Congress right now is so important.

The proposed bill will fast-track more Abandoned Mine Lands funds for states like Wyoming. For decades the AML fund has helped our state to reclaim over 25,000 acres of old mine sites and restore more than 120 miles of streams. These projects employ hundreds of people to accomplish this work. This is all good.

No doubt that Wyoming benefits greatly from AML funds. These funds have already been collected, and the RECLAIM Act will help get funds distributed quickly in order to speed up the reclamation process. When these projects are completed, we all will benefit from these old, sometimes dangerous, sites being restored. While the reclamation work is happening, we will all benefit from the jobs created in our communities.

This bipartisan bill has versions in both the U.S. House and Senate, and has passed through the House Natural Resources Committee. Wyoming’s Congressional Delegation should of course support this bill and use their influence to ensure that it moves forward.

Please ask Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and Representative Liz Cheney to support the RECLAIM Act that is needed for Wyoming.

Sincerely,

Chesie Lee,

Riverton

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