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MT could lose mine cleanup $$ under Obama's budget


MT could lose mine cleanup $$ under Obama's budget


The director of Montana's Department of Environmental Quality said President Barack Obama's 2010 budget could translate into the state losing up to $120 million in federal funding meant for cleaning up abandoned mines. The White House is calling on Congress to cut $142 million in Abandoned Mine Lands payments to certain coal states next year and $1.5 billion over 10 years. The termination of AML payments is part of $17 billion the administration wants to eliminate from programs it considers wasteful or obsolete. But killing that...

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