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News Release 044

Contact: Gena Terlizzi, 573-751-1010
                gena.terlizzi@dnr.mo.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 27, 2014 Volume 42-14-044 

Department awards reclamation contract for abandoned Henry County coal mine lands

Jefferson City, Mo. - The Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Land Reclamation Commission have awarded a $299,208 construction contract to a Carrollton company for the reclamation of approximately 20 acres of abandoned coal mine lands near Montrose in Henry County.

The department awarded the contract to Tri-Smith Construction, LLC for the reclamation of lands surface mined prior to 1965. The reclamation site is located on private property and poses a safety hazard to the landowner and area residents. The site is located approximately two miles north of Montrose, and borders County Road SW 550 and County Road SW 1151.

Project plans call for backfilling a highwall and hazardous water body located adjacent to a county road; repairing the dam and spillway for an associated strip pit impoundment; removing a clogged stream by replacing two collapsed culverts with a low water crossing; and grading and revegetating approximately 12 acres of piles and embankments to eliminate the safety threat.

Funds for this project come from a surcharge on each ton of coal mined in the United States, as authorized by the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977. Funds are collected by the U.S. Department of Interior’s Office of Surface Mining and are disbursed to state and tribal abandoned mine land programs.

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