Kentucky Oversight Program
The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet's Department for Natural Resources (DNR) is responsible for administering mining, reclamation, and abandoned mine land laws and regulations on Federal and non-Federal lands in Kentucky. There are three divisions within DNR responsible for coal mining. The Division of Abandoned Mine Lands works throughout the state's coal fields to protect the public from health and safety problems caused by mining that occurred prior to passage of SMCRA on August 3, 1977. The Division of Mine Permits evaluates mining and reclamation plans and issues coal mine permits. The Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement inspects all surface and underground coal mining permits to assure compliance with SMCRA. In addition to the three mining divisions, the Office of Technical and Administrative Support provides staff support for the coal mining regulatory program under DNR.
Kentucky is the third largest coal-producing state in the nation and has the fifth largest coal reserve base. Nearly every type of coal mining and reclamation practice is found in the differing coal bearing regions within the state. The eastern Kentucky coalfield is part of the Appalachian Coal Province where underground, contour, and mountaintop mining occurs. The western Kentucky coalfield is part of the Interior Coal Province where area and underground mining occurs. Kentucky currently inspects 1,919 coal mining permits covering over 1.9 million acres of permitted land. Kentucky received conditional program approval from OSM on May 18, 1982.
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.
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://dmre.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx