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ND gets $3.3M for abandoned mine reclamation

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- North Dakota is getting a $3.3 million federal grant for coal mine reclamation projects.

The money is going to the North Dakota Public Service Commission, which has identified three projects that need reclamation in western North Dakota.

One of the major projects is to remove a 3,500-foot long, 80-foot wall that was created through surface mining near Hazen.

The federal funds for the abandoned mine lands reclamation program comes from a reclamation fee that is paid by active mining companies on each ton of coal.

Since 1981, more than 130 major abandoned mine reclamation projects and numerous sinkhole filling and maintenance projects have been done in North Dakota at a cost of nearly $45 million.