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Technology Development and Transfer (TDT)

Applying Science and Technology

One of the ways that the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement balances coal production with environmental protection is by providing resources for technical assistance, training, and technology development. These activities support and enhance the technical skills that states and tribes need to operate their regulatory and reclamation programs in order to effectively implement the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA).

Developing and transferring technology is an integral part of OSMRE’s mission to provide support to state and tribal SMCRA programs. Through the development of new technologies and scientific advances, and the communication of these technologies to users through training, workshops, forums, publications, and the internet, Technology Development and Transfer supports OSM’s core functions. A sound technology development and transfer program ensures that the most current and valid scientific information and technologies are available to the coal industry, state and tribal staff who carry out SMCRA, and to OSMRE employees. Advancement of this technology will result in better mining and reclamation practices, leading to higher-quality environmental protection and fewer off-site impacts.

TDT Efforts:

Technology Development Technology Transfer

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