The job of fixing up old, used-up mines is an expensive one. A $24 million federal grant will help the process along in Illinois. The state’s Department of Natural Resources is announcing a grant from the U. S. Department of the Interior for the Abandoned Mine Lands program within the DNR’s Office of Mines and Minerals.
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Program director Greg Pinto says mining companies themselves are responsible for land reclamation – only for mines which have been shut down since 1977. He adds that some of the grant money could go toward demolishing what is left of the Benld school heavily damaged by mine subsidence a few years ago.