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Call for Nominations: 2024 Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Reclamation Awards

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WASHINGTON — The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement is soliciting nominations for the 2024 Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Reclamation Awards, the highest honor given to coal mining companies for exemplary coal mine reclamation in the United States. Nominations must be submitted by May 12.

A group of people stand in front of and on a large piece of Caterpillar heavy equipment
Thunder Basin Coal Company was the
recipient of the 2023 Good Neighbor Award
in recognition of its corporate citizenship at
the Black Thunder and Coal Creek mines in
Wyoming. Photo courtesy of Thunder Basin
Coal Company.

Since 1986, OSMRE has presented National and Good Neighbor awards annually. National awards recognize achievement in a specific aspect of reclamation or for overall performance in meeting goals of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA), and Good Neighbor awards are given to mine operators for successfully working with the surrounding landowners and the community while completing mining and reclamation work. This awards program is designed to help state and federal regulators transfer knowledge and information on outstanding reclamation methods and techniques from award-winning operations to other coal mine operators who engage in mining under SMCRA.

Surface coal mining and reclamation operations conducted under a Title V permit (1978-present) may be nominated for an award. In addition, non-permitted mining and reclamation activities that were completed using government financed reclamation contracts under enhanced abandoned mine land regulations are also eligible for nomination. Abandoned mine land reclamation projects (Title IV) are not eligible for a national award unless they are integrated into Title V permitted operations. 

Coal companies, regulatory authorities, state or federal mine inspectors, interest groups, or landowners may submit nominations. Company officials and employees may nominate their own operations. View previous Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Reclamation Awards winners.

For more information about the awards program and to learn how to submit a nomination application, visit Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Reclamation Awards. Submit questions about the awards to OSMRE at



OSMRE carries out the requirements of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 in cooperation with states and Tribes. OSMRE’s objectives are to ensure that coal mining activities are conducted in a manner that protects citizens and the environment during mining, to ensure that the land is restored to beneficial use after mining and to mitigate the effects of past mining by aggressively pursuing reclamation of abandoned coal mines. For more information, visit or connect with us through any of these social media channels: Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, LinkedIn, X, and YouTube.