Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, SMCRA only regulates coal mining. Therefore, the regulations for OSMRE govern only coal mining.
No, there are no similar national laws or regulations governing non-coal surface mining.
Non-coal mining is primarily regulated by each State under the State’s laws and regulations. You can find contact information on the State and Tribal contact webpage.
Please contact the Director’s Office at 202-208-4006 to discuss your specific areas of interest.
No, OSMRE does not keep an active database of mining companies.
Please direct these questions to the State regulatory agency in the State you are concerned with. Check the State and Tribal contact webpage for each respective program contact.
No, the AML Inventory only contains problems eligible for reclamation using the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund.
Only coal-related problems caused by mining prior to the enactment of SMCRA and that meet the first two objectives set out in SMCRA, Priorities 1 and 2, have been systematically inventoried.
The categories of problems in the Inventory and their share of unfunded reclamation costs in the Inventory are shown in the following table.
No. Under SMCRA sites are eligible for reclamation funding if there is no party with a continuing reclamation responsibility under State or Federal law.