Making Abandoned Mines Usable Again

What do you do with an abandoned coal mine? How can you make it into something that stimulates a local economy, like a park or a farm, instead of literally just an empty hole in the ground?

Mine reclamation may be the answer. And there’s a $1 billion bill in Congress right now that could kick-start a wave of reclamation across the economically devastated towns in Appalachia and elsewhere that have been hit hard by plummeting coal prices.