In Tennessee, OSMRE has operated a Federal regulatory program as the primary regulator under SMCRA since October 1984 when the State repealed its surface mining law. OSMRE also has regulatory authority responsibilities for surface coal mining activities in the State of Georgia since they have never adopted an approved State program under SMCRA. The annual report on the Tennessee and Georgia Federal Program for the period of October 1, 2009, to September 30, 2010, can be viewed on the Annual Reports sections of our OSMRE website.
OSMRE's Knoxville Field Office is in charge of oversight of the Tennessee Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Program implemented by the State of Tennessee's Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC). TDEC is required to follow the guidelines set by OSMRE Directives AML 22, Evaluation of State and Tribal Abandoned Mine Land Programs; GMT 10, Federal Assistance Manual; and AML 1, Abandoned Mine Land Inventory. The Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Plan between OSMRE and TDEC assures each agency accomplishes the goals of Title IV of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) and Tennessee Statute 59-8-324, States Program to Acquire and Reclaim Land Disturbed by Past Mining; and Rules of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Chapter 400-1-24, Abandoned Mine Lands Reclamation Program. You may find more information on TN's Abandoned Mine Land Program.
Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Reclamation Plans
Annual Evaluation Reports