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In the US, two government initiatives are exploring how current and former landfills, mine sites, and other contaminated lands can be repurposed for renewable energy development. The US Environmental Protection Agency’s “Re-Powering America’s Land Initiative” has identified 159,171 sites across the nation that are suitable for that purpose. These locations often feature existing infrastructure, permitting advantages, and reduced land cost that make them specifically attractive for energy production. The US Department of Energy has invested $8.4 million to assess the geothermal potential of abandoned oil and gas wells. Four projects have been initiated across the country. If successful, these new production facilities would also provide needed jobs in often remote areas of the country where alternative sources of income are scarce

Rededication of contaminated land

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