AMR – Abandoned Mine Reclamation

Above is a panoramic shot of a previoulsy abandoned mine land scarred mountain in Schuylkill County that is in the process of being reclaimed.

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Reclamation is the process of resolving problems such as mine fires, mine subsidence, dangerous highwalls and other hazards which have resulted from past mining practices, and for abating or treating acid mine drainage from abandoned mines.  Activities usually include a lot of dirt moving to backfill pits and regrade culm piles to return the land back to its approximate original contour.  Mine shafts are also backfilled and mine fires are dug up and quenched.  Priorities are given to hazards that are closer to population centers to reduce the threat of injury or even death.

There are several programs that are used to in Pennsylvania to reclaim and restore minelands to a productive use (here are a few):

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