Thursday, October 27, 2016

Second round of federal funding announced to revitalize coal communities; $28M for 42 projects

The Obama administration on Wednesday announced a second round of funding to help revitalize coal communities hurt by the industry's downturn, caused in part by the administration's environmental regulations.

The funding includes $28 million to support 42 economic- and workforce-development projects in 14 states—Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Montana, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington.

In August, $38.8 million in funding was announced for 29 projects to help revitalize coal communities in Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Texas and Alabama. 

The grants are part of President Obama's promise, which he made during his 2013 climate-change speech at Georgetown University, when he said, "We're going to give special care to people and communities that are unsettled by this transition." All the money was appropriated by Congress, which Obama is asking for more. For a full list of the funds announced Wednesday click here.

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