Pennsylvania Oversight Program
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP), Bureau of District Mining Operations, and Bureau of Mining and Reclamation, administers the Pennsylvania program that regulates coal mining activities. PADEP enforces Pennsylvania's coal mining laws and regulations to control areas disturbed during mining and to minimize any long-term adverse environmental impacts. PADEP's six statewide District Mining Offices processes applications for permits to mine coal; verifies compliance with bonding requirements; and manages permit records, databases, and permit-related information. PADEP's District Mining Offices also inspect mines, enforce the permit requirements and laws regulating mining activities, and oversee land reclamation requirements to ensure the protection of citizens, conservation of environmental resources, and restoration of lands and waters to productive uses.
PADEP's Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation administers a program which eliminates health and safety hazards and reclaims lands and waters damaged by coal mining that occurred prior to passage of stricter federal reclamation laws in 1977. This includes: reclamation of underground mine openings, dangerous highwalls, mine subsidence, and clean-up of hazardous and/or polluted water impoundments, acid mine drainage, burning coal refuse, and other coal mining related problems.
OUTREACH FOR DEVELOPMENT OF THE OVERSIGHT PERFORMANCE AGREEMENT
We are soliciting comments, recommendations or suggestions for topics from citizens, environmental groups, and industry to include in our 2015 current Annual or Bi-Annual Performance Agreement. Performance Agreements between OSM and the State and Tribal programs establish how oversight is conducted during each evaluation year(s). The topics should relate to the implementation of the approved Regulatory and Abandoned Mine Land Programs. Please submit your topics or requests for our consideration from March 1-30, 2014 by email or in writing to the contact at the bottom of the page. Thank you for your participation in this important process.
* We are providing a draft copy of the Evaluation Year 14 Performance Agreement between Pennsylvania DEP and OSM for public review and comments. To comment or request an opportunity to discuss with the field office, send an e-mail to email@example.com by May 15, 2013. *
Public Participation and Outreach
OSM along with respective State and Tribal Programs jointly develop an Annual Performance Agreement* July 1 to June 30 to establish how oversight is conducted. We are responsive to public and industry concerns, and desire input and involvement in our oversight activities. We will use this page to announce Oversight Outreach Development and Review Periods as they occur. All of our REG-8 Oversight documents, proposed and final, can be found by searching our REG-8 Oversight Database.
*Somes states develop "bi-annual" performance plans.
Oversight DocumentsTo view oversight documents see ODOCS, OSM's REG-8 Oversight Database:
|OSM defines "oversight", as the "process of evaluating and assisting states [and tribes] in the administration, implementation, and maintenance of approved programs. In collaboration with each state/tribe, OSM develops a Performance Agreement/Evaluation Plan tailored to the unique conditions of each state/tribe program. Performance Agreements/Evaluation Plans between OSM and the states establish how oversight is conducted during each evaluation year.|
For more information on OSM's oversight process see Oversight of Surface Coal Mining.
Office of Surface Mining
|If you are interested in discussing specific ideas and concerns, please contact:|
Pittsburgh Field Division
To view the PADEP website visit http://www.depweb.state.pa.us and click on the mining link.
For more information regarding PADEP's Coal Mining Regulatory Program, please contact:
For more information regarding PADEP's Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Programs, please contact:
Eric E. Cavazza, P.E.
Bureau of Mining and Reclamation
Rachel Carson State Office Building
PO Box 8461
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8461