WPR News
8:47 am
Mon January 21, 2008

Governor Gives AML Money Recommendations

Cheyenne, WY – Gov. Dave Freudenthal recommends that Wyoming spend the first round of money it stands to receive from the federal abandoned mine lands program on research into clean coal technology and to build a road to a planned coal plant in Carbon County.

Freudenthal presented his recommendations today (Monday) to the Joint Appropriations Committee.

Wyoming will get the first $82.7-million payment from the federal abandoned mine lands program this year. The program uses taxes on coal production to clean up abandoned mine sites and related pollution.

Freudenthal says Wyoming will need just over $30 million in the fiscal year that starts in July for coal reclamation projects in the state.

The governor says the state should spend the rest of the money on generally on energy research and funding for the School of Energy Resources at UW.

And Freudenthal recommends spending $10 million to build a road to a planned $2 billion coal-to-liquid plant that DKRW Advanced Fuels plans to build in Carbon County.