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Project Reclaim Industrial Site in Virginia Has Ribbon Cutting

 

 

June 1, 2022 - A project that obtained funding through the Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization Program had its ribbon cutting in Russell County, Virginia on Wednesday.


The regional industrial park known as "Project Reclaim" opened on a 160-acre site after being awarded $5 million following its application in 2017.

 

The regional industrial park known as "Project Reclaim" opened on a 160-acre site after being awarded $5 million following its application in 2017.

Photo credit: Virginia Department of Energy, Tarah Kesterson


“Project Reclaim is in a great position to host new economic development and provide jobs in the coalfields region,” said Congressman Morgan Griffith. “Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization Program funding helped turn this location from an abandoned coal processing plant to an industrial site. I look forward to the opportunities it will bring to the people of Russell County.”


“We expect to see hundreds of people driving to work here very soon,” said Virginia Energy Deputy Director Will Clear. “Land where coal was processed for many decades is getting another chance to serve Russell County as a highly competitive industrial site.”


The project has rail lines, access to a sufficient and robust electrical grid, over a mile of maintained road and an abundance of water and natural gas supply, because of the coal industry history.


“We are now able to successfully compete for business we might not have imagined before,” said Russell County Industrial Development Authority Director Ernie McFaddin. “This site should prove as a model of how mined land reclamation can be key in economic development.”


Russell County Reclamation, the company responsible for the reclamation and on-site construction, removed 32 acres of coal waste as well.


“We were so glad to be able to remove the hundreds of thousands of cubic yards of coal waste through this project,” said Russell County Reclamation Partner John Matney. “That also meant protecting 2,000 feet of stream bank that is part of our very sacred Clinch River Watershed. We celebrate the economic and environmental impact of the work completed here today.”


Additionally, Russell County Reclamation removed an old preparation plant that had operated on the site since the 1950s and closed 10 portals left behind by coal mining that occurred before 1977. Further development on nearby parcels was funded by the Virginia Tobacco Commission.