$1 Million Abandoned Mine Land Grant for Water-system Expansion in Buchanan County, Va., Announced Mar. 25, 2015

Following are the hyperlinked headline and an excerpt from the Virginia governor’s office’s Mar. 25, 2015, news release on new funds for public-water expansion in Buchanan County.

Governor McAuliffe Announces $1 Million Funding For Water System Expansion in Buchanan County, 3/25/15.

Excerpt: “…Buchanan County is set to receive a federal grant totaling $1,000,000 to provide public water to 163 homes in the Hurley community that have been affected by past coal mining practices.  The water project has been selected for construction funding under Virginia’s Abandoned Mine Land (AML) FY15 Grant administered by the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME), that will be released in April 2015. … This grant will help fund the sixth phase of the Hurley Regional Water Project, which extends public water service into the Hurley area of Buchanan County.  The project consists of approximately 13.5 miles of water lines, two pump stations, and two tanks. … AML water grants in Buchanan County have totaled $26.8 million and helped provide clean water to 2,197 homes. … Funding for DMME’s water supply replacement projects is through reclamation fees paid by Virginia’s coal industry.  Since 1984, the agency has awarded over $47 million to water projects throughout Southwest Virginia.”

Other news releases from the governor’s office are available online at https://governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/news-releases/.

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