News Release 514

Department oversees reclamation of abandoned coal mine land in Boone and Howard counties

Volume 38-514 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, SEPT. 2, 2010 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Land Reclamation Commission have awarded a $1.2 million construction contract to reclaim approximately 75 acres of abandoned coal mine lands near Harrisburg in Boone and Howard counties that were surface mined in the 1940s and 1950s. 

The department has awarded the Harrisburg/Thornhill Reclamation Project to C.L. Richardson Construction Co. Inc., of Ashland.

The proposed project, which is projected for completion in May, calls for grading and revegetating approximately 75 acres of dangerous piles and embankments and spoil piles to eliminate the safety threat.

The reclamation is expected to improve water quality by reducing the amount of acid-forming sediment that erodes into unnamed tributaries flowing into Perche Creek in Boone County and an unnamed tributary that flows into Moniteau Creek in Howard County.

In addition, one potentially acidic pit will be neutralized if required, drained and backfilled with spoil material.  Several areas of coal waste will also be relocated, treated with lime and buried in an upland area.

The reclamation project consists of three separate areas in Boone County and one in Howard County, all of which are located on private property, comprising eight different landowners.  The reclamation project in Boone County is located approximately one mile east of Harrisburg off of Highway 124 and the project in Howard County is west of Harrisburg approximately one mile north of Highway 124 on Highway Y.

Funds for this project come from a surcharge on each ton of coal mined in the United States, as authorized by the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977.  Funds are collected by the U.S. Department of Interior’s Office of Surface Mining and are disbursed to state and tribal abandoned mine land programs.