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DEP awards $9.3M contract to put out Carbon County mine fire

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 26, 2015 2:41 AM
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FILE - In this Feb. 14, 1981, file photo, Todd Domboski, 12, of Centralia, Pa., looks over a barricade at the hole he fell through just hours before this photo was taken in Centralia, Pa. The hole was cause by a mine fire that had been burning since 1962. After years of delay, state officials are trying to finish their demolition work in Centralia, a borough in the mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania that all but ceased to exist in the 1980s after a mine fire spread beneath homes and businesses. (AP Photo, File)

(Jim Thorpe) --  The state Department of Environmental Protection have taken a further step to extinguish a fire that has been burning in an eastern Pennsylvania mine since approximately 2012. 

The Hazleton Shaft Corporation has been awarded a $9.3 million contract by the DEP to put out the Carbon County blaze

Hazleton Shaft currently has a permit from the DEP to mine land adjacent to the Jeansville site, where the fire is situated. 

The company has been working to extinguish part of the blaze that's burning on an active mining area. 

Plans call for crews to dig two isolation trenches that would keep the fire from spreading.

People near the smoldering mine have been complaining of a foul, sulphur-like smell from the fire and expressing concerns about air quality.  
     

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