OFFICE of SURFACE MINING
RECLAMATION and ENFORCEMENT

U.S. Department of the Interior

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Frequently Asked Questions

e-AMLIS FAQs EEO FAQs

e-AMLIS Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does the OSMRE AML Inventory include all land and water damaged by past mining?

A: No, the AML Inventory only contains problems eligible for reclamation using the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund. Only coal-related problems caused by mining prior to the enactment of Surface Mining Control Reclamation Act (SMCRA) that meet the first two objectives set out in SMCRA, Priorities 1 and 2, have been systematically inventoried. The categories of problems in the Inventory and their share of unfunded reclamation costs in the Inventory are shown in the following table.


FY2012 Categories of Problems in the Abandoned Mine Land Inventory System (e-AMLIS) and Associated Unfunded Reclamation Costs
When Mining Occurred Funding Category Priority Percentage of Unfunded Reclamation Costs in e-AMLIS
Pre-SMCRA Coal Priority 1 and 2 60.20%
Priority 3 35.90%
Total 96.10%
Non-Coal Priority 1 and 2 3.10%
Priority 3 0.46%
Total 3.56%
Post-SMCRA Interim & Surety Priority 1 and 2 0.26%
Priority 3 0.08%
Total 0.34%
Total 100%


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?

A: Yes.

Q: Why are new problems being added?

A: The two main reasons are:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Office for Equal Opportunity Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who can file an EEO complaint?

A: Employees, former employees, applicants for employment and contractors (on a case by case basis).

Q: How do I file an EEO complaint?

A: If you believe you have been discriminated against on the bases of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, genetics, status as a parent, sexual orientation or reprisal, you must contact an EEO Counselor to start the initial informal complaint process. You have 45 calendar days from the date of the alleged discriminatory act (or personnel action) to contact the EEO Counselor.

Q: Does OSMRE have an Alternative Dispute Resolution Program?

A: Yes. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is an inclusive term used to describe a variety of joint problem-solving techniques that present options in lieu of adjudication or adversarial methods for resolving disputes. Mediation and facilitation are two examples of ADR.

Q: Who is a person with a qualified disability?

A: As defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, an individual with, who has a record of, or is regarded as having a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity (function).

Q: What is Management Directive (MD) 715?

A: MD 715 is an annual report required by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission which provides policy guidance and standards for establishing and maintaining effective programs of equal employment opportunity under Section 717 of Title VII and Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act. The MD 715 seeks for all federal agencies to create and maintain a model EEO program, which includes demonstrated commitment from agency leadership; integration of EEO into the Agency's strategic mission; management and program accountability; proactive prevention of unlawful discrimination; efficiency; and responsiveness and legal compliance.

Q: What is Public Civil Rights?

A: Prohibition against discrimination in programs, services and activities receiving Federal financial assistance.

Page Last Modified/Reviewed: 4/29/14

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