- Associated Press - Friday, August 8, 2014

MATHER, Pa. (AP) — Two state agencies have come up with one dam fine solution to two longstanding problems in Pennsylvania’s most southwestern county.

The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources says it plans to dig up sediment from the dry lake bed at Ryerson Station State Park, while the Department of Environmental Protection will use the dirt to bury a 70-acre coal waste pile that has bedeviled environmentalists since the mine that produced it closed nearly 50 years ago.

The 62-acre Duke Lake at the Ryerson park was drained in 2005 because its dam was leaking. Sediment from the lake must be dug out so the lake and dam can be restored. And the resulting dirt is the perfect top layer for a plan to cover the Mather coal dump.

The plan was announced Thursday in Greene County.

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