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OSMRE announces $62.4 million in grants to protect people and the environment from the adverse effects of coal mining

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WASHINGTON – As part of the Biden-Harris administration’s efforts to ensure that coal mines are operated in a manner that protects citizens and the environment during mining, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement announced today the availability of $62.4 million in fiscal year 2024 grants to help states operate their surface coal mining regulatory programs.

A uniformed OSMRE inspector among green vegetation and clear blue sky
An OSMRE inspector conducts an inspection to 
ensure compliance with regulatory policies, 
protecting people and the environment from 
the adverse effects of coal mining.

“Regulatory grants are important for providing eligible states with the necessary resources to protect human health, safety and the environment,” said OSMRE Principal Deputy Director Sharon Buccino. “The funds also support much-needed job creation for coal-producing states and Tribes.”

States and Tribes receive grants to establish and administer regulatory programs on non-federal lands on a 50/50 match basis. If a state or Tribe elects to administer an approved regulatory program on federal lands, OSMRE will reimburse the state for up to 100 percent of the costs incurred. Funds are used for permitting, inspection, and enforcement actions that protect the coal communities and the environment during coal mining.

Visit to learn more about the fiscal year 2024 grant distribution.

Fiscal Year 2024 Regulatory Grant Distribution Table 

FY24 Regulatory Grant Distribution Table, showing states in the left column and funding levels in the right column

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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: FacebookFlickrInstagramLinkedInX, and YouTube.