EPA awards contract to reclaim Snow Show mine property

State Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Lock Haven, has announced that the state Department of Environmental Protection has awarded a contract to reclaim mining property in Snow Shoe Township abandoned more than 50 years ago.

“Centre County will benefit in many ways through this cleanup,” Hanna said in a news release. “Almost three-quarters of a mile of dangerous high wall will be eliminated, as well as open pits that pose hazards to hunters who frequent the area.”

The reclamation project would include eliminating the sheer mining walls and pits, seeding, fertilizing and controlling erosion.

“Care will be taken to preserve the mature trees on the property,” which is within 300 feet of a home and business, Hanna said. “The reclamation also will improve the water quality of the wetlands situated just south of the project.”

JBS Dirt Inc., of Canastota, N.Y., was awarded the $321,718 low-bid contract, and work on the 25-acre site is expected to be completed by March 2015.