Congresswoman Liz Cheney on Thursday introduced 4/13 H.R. 2462 “The Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Fee Reauthorization Act of 2021,” which would reauthorize the collection of the Abandoned Mine Land (AML) fee for seven years and reduce the fee rates by 40%. Cheney said:
“The AML fund plays a key role in ensuring that hazardous coal mining sites that have been abandoned are reclaimed by distributing funds to the sites that are deemed a priority. … We need to do what we can to ensure our coal industry can continue to provide good paying jobs and contribute to local and state economies.”
Reps. Bill Johnson (R-OH), Carol Miller (R-WV), and Steve Stivers (R-OH) are original cosponsors of the House bill introduced by Rep. Cheney.
Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) introduced a similar bill in the Senate last year which would have lowered the fee rates by 35%.
The Wyoming Mining Association Executive Director Travis Deti issued the following statement:
“The Wyoming Mining Association applauds this effort. Wyoming coal miners continue to pay the lion’s share into the AML fund in very difficult operating conditions. The bill will allow for some much needed relief for coal operators while keeping the fund strong.”
Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon issued the following