The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) serves a large and varied group of people, organizations and agencies throughout the Commonwealth. Through its six divisions, the agency regulates the mineral industry, provides mineral research and offers advice on wise use of resources. Its programs directly serve the citizens who live near mining operations, mining labor groups, other regulatory agencies, the educational community, the mineral industry, and environmental, consumer and industry special-interest groups.
The DMME's Division of Mined Land Reclamation (DMLR) is responsible for ensuring the reclamation of land affected by surface and underground coal mining activity. Major functions include regulating surface effects of coal mining, reclaiming abandoned mine lands, issuing permits, performing inspections, assisting small operators, and responding to citizen concerns. Through permitting, mine inspections, operator assistance, and training activities, the DMLR promotes an environmentally sound mining industry throughout Virginia's coalfield counties of Buchanan, Wise, Dickenson, Tazewell, Russell, Lee, and Scott.
Abandoned Mine Land (AML)
NEPA requires that EA/FONSI's and CX's for AML reclamation projects be made available to the public and that the public be notified when and where they are available for public information. To comply with NEPA notification provisions and for the convenience of the public, the NEPA determination documents for projects in Virginia authorized after January 1, 2014, are available on the Virginia Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Projects page in PDF version.
The Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA) establishes criteria whereby Virginia has assumed primary responsibility for the implementation of the provisions of SMCRA at all coal mines in the state. OSMRE is required by statute and policy to conduct evaluations of the Virginia program and report to Congress annually on the State's effectiveness in implementing the approved program. The evaluation is carried out within the general guidelines of an annual work plan. The OSMRE Knoxville Field Office's Field Oversight Branch and the Virginia Division of Mined Land Reclamation draft an annual work plan for each evaluation year July 1 through June 30. 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.
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: