OFFICE of SURFACE MINING
RECLAMATION and ENFORCEMENT

U.S. Department of the Interior

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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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Sufco Mine

Available: Bull Mountains Mine No. 1 Environmental Assessment, FONSI, and ASLM approval document

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Interior’s OSMRE Provides Nearly $1 Million in Conservation Funding to Restore Watersheds in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia

Interior’s OSMRE Provides Nearly $1 Million in Conservation Funding to Restore Watersheds in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia

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Interior’s OSMRE Provides Nearly $1 Million in Conservation Funding to Restore Watersheds in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia

Interior’s OSMRE Provides Nearly $1 Million in Conservation Funding to Restore Watersheds in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia

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OSMRE Announces Mining Plan Modification Approval Following Environmental Assessment of Utah’s Sufco Mine

OSMRE Announces Mining Plan Modification Approval Following Environmental Assessment of Utah’s Sufco Mine

Action authorizes the mining of approximately 56 million tons and adds nine years to the life of the mine.

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OSMRE Announces Proposed Addition of Approximately 4,500 Acres to New Mexico’s San Juan Mine Mining Plan Area

OSMRE Announces Proposed Addition of Approximately 4,500 Acres to New Mexico’s San Juan Mine Mining Plan Area

Proposed action would authorize the mining of approximately 53 million tons and add 10-15 years to the life of the mine.

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Now Accepting Nominations for the Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Reclamation Awards

Mining Plan Modification Approved Following Environmental Assessment of King II Mine in Colorado

The Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals Management has issued an approved mining plan modification to allow continued development of Federal coal at the King II Coal Mine, an underground mine, located about 4 miles southwest of Hesperus, Colorado.

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Mining Plan Modification Approved Following Environmental Assessment of Wyoming's Jim Bridger Mine

Mining Plan Modification Approved Following Environmental Assessment of Wyoming's Jim Bridger Mine

The Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals Management, issued a mining plan approval to allow continued development of Federal coal at the Jim Bridger Coal Mine, located approximately 28 miles northeast of Rock Springs, Wyoming.

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Did You Know?

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Most coal consumed in the United States is used to generate electricity.
Coal is classified into 4 types: Subbituminous, Bituminous, Lignite, and Anthracite.

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration

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