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Conversations about pollution sometimes get caught between environmental responsibility and economic opportunity. A new report suggests it doesn’t have to be a choice. When it comes to coal ash clean up, the Ohio River Valley region can have it both ways.

Fossil fuel consumption was at its lowest level in 30 years in 2020, while energy consumption from renewables hit a record high. While 2020 was not a normal year, the data point to a changing U.S. energy landscape.

A July 7 report from Appalachian Voices found a total of 633,000 acres across seven states still in need of some reclamation. If more coal companies declare bankruptcy, there could be gaps between the money available to clean up mines, and the money needed to do it.

A new trailhead was completed, along with the elimination of abandoned mine land hazards, in Nelsonville, Athens County, Ohio. The trailhead, part of the Baileys Trail System, provides access to the new 88-mile single track mountain bike trail in the Wayne National Forest.

About 180 miners with Monongalia County Coal Mine in Greene County, Pennsylvania received permanent layoff notices, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

U.S. Senators from Appalachian coal states introduced legislation last week to reauthorize federal funding to reclaim abandoned mine lands across the country. The Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Fee Extension Act and RECLAIM Act were introduced in the House earlier in the spring.

Support for the Abandoned Mine Land Trust Fund is set to expire this year, unless Congress votes to renew it. On top of leaving environmental and public safety hazards untouched, U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright said losing that funding would amount to enormous lost economic opportunity.

Two new reports by the Ohio River Valley Institute set out to find what it would cost to remediate and reclaim all the abandoned oil and gas wells and mine land in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. The bad news? It'll cost billions. The good news? That investment could provide a “shot in the arm” to the region in terms of job creation.

The Pennsylvania DEP urges homeowners to check updated mine maps to determine if their home or other buildings are at risk of mine subsidence.

LEETOWN, W.Va. -- A byproduct resulting from the treatment of acid mine drainage may have a second life in helping clean waters coming from...