“Rebecca Shelton, policy director for the Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center, said at a recent media event that it’s too early to tell whether the workforces picked for these jobs will include many current or former coal mine workers, but expressed optimism about the possibilities.
‘There is genuinely a really good opportunity; for current or former miners to get the work, Shelton said, but noted the federal government wants ‘to get the money out the door as soon as possible and are still trying to figure out what they can do legally’ to ensure miners get the jobs.
‘What we’re working on is really to try to ensure that there is just a workforce, both generally and specifically, that includes these coal miners,’ Shelton said. ‘I think it’s going to be a little bit of a work in progress.’
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