The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Mineral Resources Management (DMRM), administers the State's program that regulates coal mining. DMRM enforces Ohio's coal mining laws and regulations to control areas disturbed during mining and to minimize any long-term adverse environmental impacts. DMRM processes applications for permits to mine coal; verifies compliance with bonding requirements; and manages permit records, databases, and permit-related information. DMRM inspects mines, enforces the laws regulating active mining to ensure the protection of citizens and conservation of environmental resources, and oversees land reclamation requirements to ensure mine operators restore lands and waters to productive uses.
DMRM's Abandoned Mine Land program eliminates 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 clean-up of hazardous and/or polluted water impoundments, acid mine drainage, burning coal refuse, and other mining related problems.
OSMRE, in collaboration with each state, develops a 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, Columbus Office drafts its Annual Performance Agreement/Evaluation Plan with Ohio 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 OSM 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:
Public Participation and Outreach
OSMRE 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, ODocs.
*Somes states develop "bi-annual" performance plans.
For more information regarding OSMRE's Oversight Program for Ohio, contact:
Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
Pittsburgh Field Division
4605 Morse Road, Room 102
Columbus, OH 43230
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org - Phone: (614) 416-2238 Ext. 110