Send a Message to Your Legislator
Below is a sample letter you may to send your Pennsylvania State Senator and Representative requesting that the coal refuse tax credit be funded at $10 million as part of this year’s state budget package. We would appreciate it if you would let us know if you receive any responses from your legislators. Thank you for your cooperation.
I’m writing to you in support of continued funding in this year’s state budget for the Coal Refuse Energy and Reclamation Tax Credit (“Tax Credit”) program.
(Identify and briefly explain your company.)
The Tax Credit was created last June to spur the use of coal refuse as a fuel source for the generation of electricity in Pennsylvania. For fiscal year 2017-18, the Tax Credit is capped by statute at $10 million.
The program was established in recognition of the significant benefits and cost savings in Commonwealth funds provided by coal refuse power plants in reclaiming coal refuse piles and previously mined lands.
Coal refuse is a legacy of previous coal mining and consists of low quality coal mixed with rock, slate and other materials. Also known as gob or culm, it was discarded as waste during the original coal extraction process and randomly disposed in piles near the mine sites.
These piles are more than eyesores and are serious environmental and public safety concerns. They are prone to subsidence, spontaneous combustion, acid seepage and leachate production, and low soil fertility.
The coal refuse industry plays a critical role in removing these waste piles and reclaiming the land. To date, the 14 power plants that make up Pennsylvania’s coal refuse industry have removed and burned as fuel more than 200 million tons of coal refuse, improved or restored more than 1,200 miles of streams, and reclaimed over 7,000 acres of abandoned mine land at no cost to the taxpayers.
If these piles are not removed through the coal refuse generation process they will likely remain in place and continue to pollute the landscape.
In addition to these benefits the industry directly and indirectly supports nearly 4,000 jobs and contributes over $780 million to the state’s economy and environmental improvement efforts.
For these reasons, I am requesting your strong support for full funding of the Tax Credit as part of the final fiscal year 2017-18 state budget package.
Thank you for your consideration of this request.