For more than 100 years communities across the country have mined, transported, and processed the coal that powered America. From mining towns in Central Appalachia to power plants across the Midwest, these communities are also proud to be home to many rich assets, including our land, water, heritage and people.

Every day, these communities are working to build strong, healthy places where future generations can continue to live and find meaningful work and where these diverse assets can be celebrated and built upon.

These communities throughout the country — especially in Appalachia — are experiencing a dramatic economic transition with the decline of the coal industry, and are experiencing severe economic distress as coal jobs continue to decline.

These communities are working to transition to a future economy that celebrates culture; invests in communities; generates good, stable and meaningful jobs; is just and equitable; and protects and restores the land, air and water.

The POWER+ Plan could put laid off miners and other local residents to work reclaiming abandoned mines in ways that develop long-term economic opportunities in agriculture, recreational tourism, energy, and more on reclaimed mine sites.

The POWER+ Plan includes programs that would

  • disburse $1 billion in funding for Abandoned Mine Land (AML) projects that create long-term business and economic opportunities,
  • invest millions in workforce development and job training programs in communities impacted by the decline of the coal industry,
  • and strengthen the health and pension plans of 100,000 retired coal miners and their families.

Nearly $10 billion worth of abandoned mines remain across the country, and POWER+ funds could be used to create local jobs and business opportunities by addressing the risks to health, safety, and future economic development that these abandoned sites in our country pose.

Learn more about the POWER+ Plan here.

I support passage of the POWER+ Plan and encourage my representatives in Congress to seek passage of this Plan through the federal legislative process.

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