West Virginia Oversight Program
The Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA) created the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) in the Department of the Interior (DOI). SMCRA provides authority to OSM to oversee the implementation of and provide Federal funding for State Regulatory and Abandoned Mine Land Programs that have been approved by OSM as meeting the minimum standards specified by SMCRA.
The State of West Virginia received approval for its Regulatory Program on January 21, 1981, and its Abandoned Mine Lands Program on February 23, 1981. The cabinet level Department that manages both the Regulatory and Abandoned Mine Land Programs is the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP). Within the WVDEP, the Division of Mining and Reclamation implements the Regulatory Program (permitting and inspection) and the Abandoned Mine Lands and Reclamation Program implements the restoration of abandoned mine sites. Under the WVDEP's Division of Land Restoration, the Special Reclamation Program is tasked with reclamation of permit forfeitures.
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
For more information about the State's Program go to: http://www.dep.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx