OFFICE of SURFACE MINING
RECLAMATION and ENFORCEMENT

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Date Description
2014 Stories and News Releases
July 31 Secretary Jewell, Director Pizarchik to Celebrate Official Public Opening of Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
July 31 OSMRE Announces Winners of 2014 Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Awards and 2014 National Awards for Excellence in Surface Mining
May 16 OSMRE Extends Public Comment Period on Four Corners Power Plant and Navajo Mine Energy Project
April 2 OSMRE Issues Final Rule Increasing Civil Penalties to Adjust for Inflation
March 4 Fiscal Year 2015 Budget for OSMRE Strengthens Compliance, Invests in Research
February 27 OSMRE Director Meets With Petitioners Asking for Takeover of West Virginia State Regulatory Program
February 24 OSMRE Makes $298 Million Available to Clean Up Abandoned Coal Mines
January 27 OSMRE Solicits Nominations for Awards Honoring Excellence in Active Coal Mine and Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation
January 16 OSMRE and Its Collaborators Win Two Partners in Conservation Awards
2013 Stories and News Releases
December 30 OSMRE Identifies Key Areas for Evaluation After Review of Citizen Petition on West Virginia Program.
June 17 Ancient Technology Meets 21st Century Sustainability; OSMRE's Applied Sciences and Technology Transfer Program Re-Introduces the TROMPE, A First Use of an Old Idea to Clean Up Mine Water.
June 12 Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Announces Final Amount Available for Abandoned Mine Land Payments to States and Tribes
April 10 Fiscal Year 2014 Budget for Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Strengthens Compliance and Invests in Scientific Studies.
March 25 Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Proposes Revised Regulations to Reduce Federal Spending and Modernize its Cost Structure.
February 21 Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Announces Reduced Amount of Payments for Abandoned Mine Lands Due to Congressional Inaction.
February 6 Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Proposes to Limit Liability for Certified States and Tribes to Reclaim Non-Coal Mine Sites.
2012 Stories and News Releases
November 29 OSMRE Introduces New Version of Worldwide Software Release.
November 29 OSMRE Provides Grant to Flight 93 Memorial to Prevent Coal Mine Related Pollution, Improve Site for Visitors
October 18 Interior Department Honors 2012 “Partners in Conservation” Award Winners
October 9 Office of Surface Mining Grants $312,000 to Fund Environmental Effort
September 26 Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Honors Excellence in Surface Coal Mine Reclamation
September 20 Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement to Honor Five State Regulatory Agencies for Exemplary Reclamation of Abandoned Mine Lands
July 30 News Advisory: Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Announces Winners of 2012 Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Awards and 2012 National Awards for Excellence in Surface Mining
February 13 Fiscal Year 2013 Budget for Office of Surface Mining Strengthens Compliance, Increases Funds to Reclaim High-Priority Abandoned Mines and Reduces Subsidies to Coal Industry
January 6 Office of Surface Mining, Bureau of Land Management Schedule Meetings with Stakeholders on Proposed Consolidation
2011 Stories and News Releases
December 15 Secretary Salazar and Director Pizarchik Announce $485 Million in Grants to States and Tribes to Clean Up Abandoned Coal Mines
October 17 The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) today will honor four coal companies for their commitment to reclaiming land and waters once mining is completed
October 7 The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) will recognize the winners of the bureau's awards for exceptional reclamation of abandoned mines next week
September 2 Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement announces the winners of the 2011 Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Awards and the 2011 National Awards for Excellence in Surface Mining
May 31 Secretary Salazar Announces Presentation of Presidential Migratory Bird Federal Stewardship Award to U.S. Office of Surface Mining
March 1 OSMRE Solicits Comments on Oversight of State and Tribal Coal Mining Programs
February 14 FY 2012 Budget Enhances Surface Coal MIning Oversight and Reduces Spending
2010 Stories and News Releases
December 15 Salazar Announces $395 Million Available to States and Tribes for Cleaning Up Abandoned Coal Mines
November 18 Salazar Commends OSMRE Initiatives to Improve Oversight of State Surface Coal Mining Programs
October 18 OSMRE to Recognize Projects Demonstrating Exemplary Mine Reclamation, Good Community Relationships
September 20 OSMRE to Recognize 2010 Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Award Winners
September 15 OSMRE Employee Len Meier Receives Patriot Award
August 17 Five State Regulatory Agencies, Six Mining Companies Win Reclamation Awards from the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
August 6 Public Submits Thousands of Comments on Environmental Impact Statement for New Rule to Protect Streams
July 2 OSMRE Announces Open Houses to Gather Public Comments on an Environmental Impact Statement For Rule to Protect Streams
June 18 OSMRE to Hold Open Houses to Take Public Comments on Stream Protection Rule EIS
June 9 OSMRE Director Joe Pizarchik Addresses the 2010 Joint Mining Conference
April 29 Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Announces Notice of Intent to Conduct Environmental Impact Statement, Conducts Stakeholder Meetings to Develop New Rule to Protect Streams
February 1 Fiscal Year 2011 Addresses Surface Coal Regulation and Reduces Deficit
January 21 Director Joe Pizarchik's Aerial Tour of West Virginia Coalfields
January 21 Director Joe Pizarchik Meets with the West Virginia Coal Mine Association
2009 Stories and News Releases
December 22 Salazar Announces $369 Million in Abandoned Mine Land Grants Available to States, Tribes
December 22 Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Announces Over $68 Million in Regulatory Grants for State and Tribal Coal Mining Programs
December 22 Deadline for Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Comments Remains December 30, 2009
December 15 Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Extends Public Comment Period on New Coal Mining Oversight Initiatives
December 7 Getting To Know Joe: OSMRE's New Director Answers Questions From Media
November 30 OSMRE Announces Opportunity to Comment on Options for Revisions to Stream Buffer Zone and Related Rules
July 15 OSMRE Issues Final Rule Increasing Civil Penalties
January 15 Office of Surface Mining, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and Coal Mining Company Fund Pennsylvania Mine Mapping Initiative
2008 Stories and News Releases
December 22 Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Approves Permit Revision for Coal Mine on Arizona's Black Mesa
December 12 Office of Surface Mining Issues Final Rule Tightening Restrictions on Excess Spoil, Coal Mine Waste, and Mining Activities in or Near Streams
December 3 Office of Surface Mining To Issue New Rule Tightening Restrictions on Excess Spoil, Coal Mine Waste, and Mining Activities in or Near Streams
November 14 OSMRE Issues Final Rules for the Abandoned Mine Land Program
October 17 OSMRE Announces Final Environmental Impact Statement For Revised "Excess Spoil Minimization -- Stream Buffer Zone" Rule
June 20 OSMRE Issues Proposed Rules for the Abandoned Mine Land Program
February 4 OSMRE’s Budget Reflects Commitment to Maintain State and Tribal Regulatory Grants; Continues to Implement 2006 Amendments to the Abandoned Mine Land Program
2007 Stories and News Releases
December 6 OSMRE Announces Decisions Needed to Distribute Funds Under the 2006 AML Legislation
October 10 OSMRE Expands Effort to Solicit Public Comment on the Proposed Rules for "Stream Buffer Zones" And to Limit Impacts of Valley Fills from Coal Mining
August 24 Proposal Would Revise "Stream Buffer Zone" Rule And Limit Impacts of Valley Fills from Coal Mining
August 21 Draft Stream Buffer Zone Environmental Impact Statement Will Be Released for Public Review
March 14 OSMRE seeks public comment before drafting rules
February 5 OSMRE Budget Increases Funding for States and Tribal Regulatory Programs and Implements Funding Changes to the Abandoned Mine Lands Program
2006 Stories and News Releases
February 6 OSMRE Budget Calls for Reauthorization of AML Fee Collection Authority, Increases Funding for State and Tribal Regulatory Programs
January 13 OSMRE returns "lands unsuitable for mining" petition as incomplete, lacking merit; petitioners may re-submit
2005 Stories and News Releases
September 28 National Mining Association (NMA), PA Coal Association Join Reforestation Initiative
September 2 UPDATE: Black Mesa Project EIS Underway
August 22 OSMRE Extends Public Comment Period To Discuss Stream Buffer Zone EIS
June 16 OSMRE Proposes Environmental Impact Study Of Proposed Rule
March 15 OSMRE will propose new revegetation rule to encourage species diversity and remove barriers to reforestation on mined lands
February 10 Agencies Agree to Joint Regulatory Framework for Processing Applications for Surface Coal Mining Operations
February 7 FY2006 Office of Surface Mining Budget Emphasizes Reauthorization of AML Fee Collection Authority and Technology Transfer to States and Tribes


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