OFFICE of SURFACE MINING
RECLAMATION and ENFORCEMENT

U.S. Department of the Interior

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Yolande J.C. Norman
Chief, Reclamation Support Division
ynorman@osmre.gov
(202) 208-2868


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Reclaiming Abandoned Mine Lands

Title IV of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act

Restoring the Environment

Two centuries of US coal mining occurred before the passage of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) of 1977. As a result, millions of Americans live less than a mile from an abandoned coal mine. OSMRE, through its Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Reclamation Program, addresses the hazards and environmental degradation posed by these legacy mine sites.

Since SMCRA’s enactment the AML program has collected over $10 billion through a reclamation fee assessed on each ton of coal that is produced. OSMRE has distributed more than $5 billion in AML grants to states and tribes from the collected fees. More than $1.4 billion was transferred to UMWA Health and Retirement Funds. Over $1.6 billion has been used for OSMRE operating expenses. Over $2 billion of the fund remains unappropriated.

Funding for States and Indian Tribes

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Laws, Regulations, and Guidance

Page Last Modified/Reviewed: 6/27/17

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