OFFICE of SURFACE MINING
RECLAMATION and ENFORCEMENT

U.S. Department of the Interior

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ARblast: All Resources on Blasting

Blast holes being loaded with explosives on a blasting bench

Blast holes being loaded with explosives on a blasting bench

Rules, Regulations, Research and Resources

The Federal Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 requires that coal mine blasting be limited based on the site conditions so as to prevent: injury to persons, damage to public or private property outside the permit area, adverse impacts on any underground mine, and change in the course, channel, or availability of surface or ground water outside the permit area. This page is provided as a resource to the people responsible for meeting this mandate.

Explosives in Use warning at the entrance to a coal mine.

Explosives in Use warning at the entrance to a coal mine.

Page Last Modified/Reviewed: 4/29/14

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