H.R. 1731: RECLAIM Act

Author's Summary:  To amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to provide funds to States and Indian tribes for the purpose of promoting economic revitalization, diversification, and development in economically distressed communities through the reclamation and restoration of land and water resources adversely affected by coal mining carried out before August 3, 1977, and for other purposes.

IB Summary:  This bill makes funding available for states and tribes to reclaim abandoned coal mines and lands and waters impacted by coal mining to improve the environment and create jobs. It also relocates the HQ of the Appalachian Regional Commission from DC to Appalachia. This bill has bipartisan co-sponsors.

Status: Passed committee on 6/24/17.

Links: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr1731; https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s728

Other: Sponsored by Jared Polis