The Maryland Bureau of Mines is a Division of the Maryland Department of Environment, Land Management Administration, Mining Program, and it administers the State's program that regulates coal mining. The Bureau's mission is to protect the public and the environment from the potential impacts of active mining, and to promote the restoration and enhancement of active and abandoned mine lands and water resources. The Bureau enforces Maryland's coal mining laws and regulations to control areas disturbed during mining and to minimize any long-term adverse environmental impacts. It processes applications for permits to mine coal; verifies compliance with bonding requirements; and manages permit records, databases, and permit-related information. The Bureau also works to eliminate health and safety hazards and reclaims lands and waters damaged by coal mining that occurred prior to today's stricter reclamation laws. This includes: reclamation of underground mine openings, dangerous highwalls, mine subsidence, and other mining related problems.
Outreach for Review of the Proposed Oversight Performance Agreement
We are soliciting comments from citizens, environmental groups, industry and other interested parties regarding our Proposed Oversight Performance Agreements, which can be found in the Reg-8 Oversight Database (ODocs). Please submit your comments for our consideration from May 1-15, 2016, by email or in writing to the contact below. As a part of that process, we welcome comments and suggestions from interested parties on oversight and/or potential oversight evaluation topics, including the opportunity for discussions with our office.
The final work plans will be completed by June 30 and will be available by July 14, 2016 in ODocs. You may also request a hard copy of the document. Thank you for your participation in this important process.
OSMRE, in collaboration with each state to the extent possible, develops a state-specific Performance Agreement/Evaluation Plan tailored to the unique conditions of each state program. Performance Agreements/Evaluation Plans between OSMRE and the states establish how oversight is conducted during each evaluation year. OSMRE's Pittsburgh Field Division will draft Annual Performance Agreement/Evaluation Plans with Maryland for each evaluation year July 1 through June 30. We will use this page to announce Oversight Outreach Development and Review Periods as they occur.
What is Oversight?
OSMRE 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, OSMRE develops a Performance Agreement/Evaluation Plan tailored to the unique conditions of each state/tribe program. Performance Agreements/Evaluation Plans between OSMRE and the states establish how oversight is conducted during each evaluation year.
Learn more about OSMRE's National Oversight Program.
To view oversight documents visit, OSMRE's REG-8 Oversight Database:
For more information regarding OSMRE's Oversight Program for Maryland, contact:
Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
Pittsburgh Field Division
3 Parkway Center
Pittsburgh, PA 15220
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org - Phone: (412) 335-5771