Mine Cleanup Funding is Back

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.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)