- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

JIM THORPE, Pa. (AP) - State officials have taken a further step to extinguish a fire that has been burning in an eastern Pennsylvania mine since approximately 2012.

WNEP-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1SklFN4 ) the Hazleton Shaft Corporation has been awarded a $9.3 million contract by the Department of Environmental Protection to put out the Carbon County blaze.

Hazleton Shaft currently has a permit from the DEP to mine land adjacent to the Jeansville site, where the fire is situated.

Officials say the company has been working to extinguish part of the blaze that’s burning on an active mining area.

Plans call for crews to dig two isolation trenches that would keep the fire from spreading.

Residents near the smoldering mine have been complaining of a foul, sulphur-like smell from the fire and expressing concerns about air quality.

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Information from: WNEP-TV, https://www.wnep.com

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