OFFICE of SURFACE MINING
RECLAMATION and ENFORCEMENT

U.S. Department of the Interior

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What We Do

Since 1977, OSMRE has protected the environment and people while regulating surface coal mining in the United States, and funded the restoration of abandoned coal mines.


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Featured News and Stories

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Bats

In OSMRE, we are committed to ensuring the protection of bats and their critical habitats. In the spirit of celebrating Bat Week, here are a few facts about our bug-eating friends that you may not know!

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Interior Investing Over $260 Million to Help Create Jobs and Revitalize Land in Coal Communities

OSMRE Announces the winners of the 2021 Excellence in Surface Mining Awards

The Department of the Interior announces the availability of funding for states and Tribes to support reclamation efforts in fiscal year 2021. Federal grants will support job creation and community revitalization.

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OSMRE virtually presents the 2021 Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Awards

Watch the virtual presentation from September 13th.

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OSMRE announces $1.6 million in funding for Applied Sciences projects

The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) announces the availability of fiscal year 2021 Applied Sciences Program funding. The application period opened August 20, 2021 and will close 45 days later on October 7, 2021.

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OSMRE Recognizes Two Coal Operators with 2021 Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Reclamation Award

The Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Reclamation Awards are presented to coal mining companies whose reclamation projects demonstrate exemplary results and go beyond the reclamation requirements of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) of 1977 in returning a site to productive use after completion of mining!

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President Bidens’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Supports Abandoned Coal Mine Reclamation

The Biden-Harris Administration submitted to Congress the President’s Budget for fiscal year 2022. As the Administration continues to make progess, the President’s Budget makes historic investments including additional funds to the Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization (AMLER) grants program.

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Interior Regions Map for OSMRE

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