OFFICE OF SURFACE MINING RECLAMATION AND ENFORCEMENT
abandoned Mine Land inventory system
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Does the OSM AML Inventory include all land and water damaged by past mining?
A: No, it only contains problems eligible for reclamation using the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund. Also, only coal-related problems due to mining prior to the enactment of Surface Mining Control Reclamation Act and meeting the first two objective set out in SMCRA, Priorities 1 and 2, have been systematically inventoried.
The categories of problems in the Inventory and their share of total reclamation costs in the Inventory are shown in the table.
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Q: Does the AML Inventory contain information on mine(s) or company(ies) responsible for the damage?
A: No. Under SMCRA sites are eligible for reclamation funding if there is no party with a continuing reclamation responsibility under State or Federal law.
Q: What are the three funding status categories used in the inventory?
A: Unfunded, Funded, and Completed.
Q: Are new problems being added to the AML Inventory?
Q: Why are new problems being added?
A: The two main reasons are:
a.) A pre-existing problem that did not meet the priorities now meets them because of a change in circumstances. For example, an existing highwall not in the AML Inventory is added when, after heavy rains, it becomes unstable and threatens a house near its base.
b.) A new problem arises. For example, an old underground coal mine begins to subside threatening a road and nearby houses. A subsidence problem would be added to the AML Inventory.