February 11, 2006 - Posted at 12:14 p.m. CST
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ The federal government has restored
funding to Missouri so it can begin again to clean up about
one-thousand mines around the state.
Missouri has been losing about two million dollars in
federal mine reclamation funding every year since 2003. That's when
the General Assembly cut about 200-thousanad dollars in state
funding needed to gain the federal money.
The state had to end its efforts to reclaim abandoned mines.
Missouri became the first state in 20 years to lose the funding.
But in June, Governor Blunt petitioned the Office of Surface
Mining to restore the programs, and the federal government now says
Missouri can once again participate in the mining program.
Estimates are that it will cost 40 million dollars to clean
up the abandoned mines.