- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 8, 2016

EHRENFELD, Pa. (AP) - The state is paying Rosebud Mining Co. $13.4 million to remove a 3.2-million ton pile of waste coal from a tiny western Pennsylvania borough.

The (Johnstown) Tribune-Democrat (http://bit.ly/21ZggQI ) says the deal with the state Department of Environmental Protection will also provide jobs for 40 miners that Rosebud recently laid off.

The decades old pile in Ehrenfeld was created by Pennsylvania Coal and Coke and, later, Bethlehem Steel’s coal-mining division. Past plans to move the pile were scuttled by bids deemed too expensive by the state.

DEP spokesman John Poister says Rosebud will haul away the waste coal in trucks and use it to fill in one of its own abandoned coal mines.

Rosebud must also extinguish some smoldering coal in the pile.

The cleanup is expected to take about three years.

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Information from: The Tribune-Democrat, http://www.tribune-democrat.com

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