OFFICE of SURFACE MINING
RECLAMATION and ENFORCEMENT

U.S. Department of the Interior

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For More Information:

Ben Owens

Division Chief
bowens@osmre.gov
(412) 937-2827


Pittsburgh Field Division


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Pittsburgh Field Division (PFD)

The Pittsburgh Field Division serves four primary functions in the Appalachian Region:

  • Oversight of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Ohio approved state regulatory programs Oversight of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Ohio AML state reclamation plans
  • Coordination for grant budgeting, award, monitoring, and closeout
  • Coordination of submittal, review, award, monitoring, and closeout of Watershed Cooperative Agreements

Additional PFD responsibilities include:

  • Reviewing and analyzing proposed state program amendments and monitoring and evaluating Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Maryland regulatory programs, cooperative agreements, and abandoned mine land (AML) reclamation programs.
  • Working with States to resolve identified program issues.
  • Developing annual performance agreements with our responsible States that define the oversight and assistance activities for the current evaluation year.
  • Conducting performance reviews in accordance with the negotiated performance agreement.
  • Inspecting mines in accordance with existing OSMRE policy, citizen concerns, or concerns from routine program and document review.
  • Providing technical assistance or access to technical assistance on issues relating to mine permitting, compliance monitoring, mitigation, AML issues, or reclamation decisions.
  • Reviewing grant documents and ensuring programmatic compliance with all grant conditions.
  • Assisting our responsible States in pursuing reclamation of the most serious and high priority non-emergency AML sites.

Oversight

To view oversight documents visit, OSMRE's REG-8 Oversight Database:



Annual Performance Agreements

The final work plans will be available July 14, 2015. Final Performance Agreements for Maryland, Ohio, and Pennsylvania will be located in OSMRE's REG-8 Oversight Database (ODocs). For more information please contact the corresponding individual below:

Maryland Ohio Pennsylvania

Tom Cunningham
OSMRE, Pittsburgh Field Division
3 Parkway Center
Pittsburgh, PA 15220

Email: tcunningham@osmre.gov
Phone: (412) 335-5771

Russ Brandenburg
OSMRE, Pittsburgh Field Division
4605 Morse Road, Room 102
Columbus, OH 43230

Email: rbrandenburg@osmre.gov
Phone: (614) 416-2238 Ext. 110

Dave Hamilton
OSMRE, Pittsburgh Field Division
USGS Building
215 Limekiln Road
New Cumberland, PA 17070

Email: dhamilton@osmre.gov
Phone: 717-730-6985


Topic Specific Oversight Reports

Topic specific reports that have been published* about Maryland, Ohio, and Pennsylvania can be found in OSMRE's REG-8 Oversight Database (ODocs).

*Only reports from 2010 are available for Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Maryland at this time.

Contact PFD

The Pittsburgh Field Division has offices located in Columbus, Ohio and in Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.



Division Chief

Ben Owens
Email: bowens@osmre.gov
Phone: (412) 937-2827
Fax: (412) 937-2888

Pittsburgh Field Division

Mailing Addresses
Pittsburgh, PA Columbus, OH Harrisburg, PA

Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
3 Parkway Center
Pittsburgh, PA 15220

Phone: (412) 937-2827

Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
4605 Morse Road, Room 102
Columbus, OH 43230

Phone: (614) 416-2238

Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
USGS Building
215 Limekiln Road
New Cumberland, PA 17070

Phone: (717) 730-6985



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