May 29, 2020

Manchin Applauds $27 Million In AML Funds Allocated For Projects Across West Virginia

Charleston, WV – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, applauded the allocation of $27,196,483 in Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) Economic and Community Development Pilot funds for projects across West Virginia. AML pilot funds are allocated through the Senate Appropriations Committee.

“West Virginia has provided our nation with the energy we needed to become the leader we are today, and, without coal, that would not have been possible. Now, it is time for America to give back to the coal communities that worked tirelessly to support them. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I advocated for the AML pilot program when the Administration attempted to cut the program entirely, which would have resulted in West Virginia losing millions of dollars in federal funding. These AML funds will help communities across West Virginia reclaim abandoned mine hazards with an eye toward the future to support local communities and expand recreational areas that benefit our citizens and guests. These projects will create greater economic opportunities that will have a lasting impact on our state for generations to come and I will continue to fight for West Virginia to receive the funding we deserve to improve our communities,” said Senator Manchin.

Individual awards listed below with Senator Manchin’s letters of support:

·         $7,647,398 – Harper Eccles Sewer Extension Project, Raleigh County

·         $4,500,000Brenton and Baileysville Waterline Extension, Wyoming County

·         $3,378,000 – Indian Creek ATV Resort, Boone County

·         $2,699,422 – Twin Hollow Campgrounds and Cabins Expansions Project, Mingo County

·         $2,125,000Rhodell Water Service Upgrade Project, Raleigh County

·         $1,500,000 – Oak Hill Sanitary Board/Minden Sanitary Sewer System Rehabilitation, Fayette County

·         $1,319,050White Oak Waterline Extension Project, Raleigh/Summers Counties

·         $1,000,000 – Reclaiming the Cheat River as an Economic Asset through Trail Investment and Nurturing Greenspace (RECREATING), Preston County

·         $1,000,000 – Renaissance Village, McDowell County

·         $959,613 – Claudia Workman Wildlife Education Center, Kanawha County

·         $818,000Blackwater River Loop, Tucker County

·         $250,000Fleming/Rustic Ravines, Wayne County