ODNR to hold public meetings to discuss abandoned mine land projects

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COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources will hold open houses to discuss proposed abandoned mine land projects throughout Ohio.Staff from the ODNR Division of Mineral Resources Management will be available to answer questions and discuss concerns about Ohio mines that were abandoned prior to 1977, when legislation addressing the reclamation of these mine lands went into effect.

ODNR will explain the policies and procedures of Ohio’s Abandoned Mine Land Program and present a list of proposed projects.Mine projects. In November, ODNR will apply for more than $10 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of the Interior for abandoned mine reclamation projects. These projects are to be completed between January 2014 and December 2016.

Landowners are encouraged to present details regarding abandoned mines located on their property and check on eligibility for funding.

Dates

All open houses are from 5-7 p.m. Meeting locations for specific counties are as follows:• Columbiana, Mahoning, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull and Wayne — Sept. 16 at 3601 Newgarden Road, Salem, OH 44460. For more information call 330-222-1527.

• Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Scioto and Vinton — Sept. 17 at 280 E. State St., Athens, OH 45701. For more information call 740-592-3748.

• Belmont, Guernsey, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry and Washington — Sept. 18 at 11296 E. Pike Road, Cambridge, OH 43725. For more information call 740-439-3640.

• Carroll, Coshocton, Harrison, Jefferson, and Tuscarawas — Sept. 19 at 2207 Reiser Ave. SE, New Philadelphia, OH 44663. For more information call 330-339-2207.

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