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OSMRE relies on scientific advancements to inform technological development, training opportunities, and the assistance provided to stakeholders.

OSMRE applies sound science to address public safety and environmental issues related to the mining of coal and reclamation of the lands affected after mining. Scientific and scholarly information considered in OSMRE decision making must be robust, of the highest quality, and the result of as rigorous scientific and scholarly processes as can be achieved. Most importantly, it must be trustworthy. 

The application of sound science is key to addressing complex mining problems such as water quality issues, mine subsidence, slope instability, and threatened and endangered species protection.

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