KINGWOOD — The State Department of Environmental Protection is taking bids to continue treatment of acid mine draining from the F&M Coal mine.

F&M Coal Company owned the surface mines, located northeast of Fellowsville. The company forfeited its bond in 1992, leaving the state responsible for treating the drainage.

Since the state took over, $2.8 million in Special Reclamation funding has been spent on F&M. About 360 gallons of water per minute are treated from the two forfeited permits.

Bid closing will be by mid-July, and the DEP hopes construction begins by Sept. 1.