Washington D-C – Wyoming's congressional delegation is trying to get its share of Abandoned Mine Land Revenue. A dispute over whether A-M-L money should go towards health benefits of miners instead, is costing Wyoming about 400 million dollars. Senator Craig Thomas chaired a federal hearing on the matter today. He is concerned that Wyoming's money will be diverted to other needs.
Thomas and Congresswoman Barbara Cubin have drafted some possible solutions that involve changing the tax rate for coal and letting Congress have more authority over the money. The Abandoned Mine Fund expires in September.