The collapse of the coal industry is devastating small communities across the Western United States, but reclaiming these mined lands quickly could create up to 4,800 full-time equivalent jobs per year in the critical two-to-three-year period after mine closure says a report released recently by the Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC).

The report, “Coal Mine Cleanup Works,” estimates potential reclamation job creation for four Western coal states (Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, and North Dakota) and provides recommendations for decision makers to ensure cleanup is fully funded and employs the local workforce.

These findings advocating for a just economic transition offer an opportunity for Wyoming coal communities like that are facing lay-offs and lost revenue as the coal industry continues its decline. Reclamation is one

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