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Consumer Alert: Mine Subsidence

Commissioner Miller is alerting consumers that mine subsidence insurance claims will now be paid out immediately following approval. Mine subsidence insurance claims are paid by a state fund and therefore must go through a review process before payment can be made.

In the past, payments were sometimes delayed for up to 30 days once a claim was approved. A new directive signed by Commissioner Miller, the Acting Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, and the Pennsylvania State Treasury will ensure that claims are paid without delay.

More than one million Pennsylvania homes are atop abandoned coal or clay mines, while roughly 58,000 property owners have mine subsidence insurance. The average yearly premium is $85.

Information on the mine subsidence insurance program is available at www.paMSI.org.