The State of West Virginia received approval for its Regulatory Program on January 21, 1981, and its Abandoned Mine Lands Program on February 23, 1981. The cabinet level Department that manages both the Regulatory and Abandoned Mine Land Programs is the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP). Within the WVDEP, the Division of Mining and Reclamation implements the Regulatory Program (permitting and inspection) and the Abandoned Mine Lands and Reclamation Program implements the restoration of abandoned mine sites. Under the WVDEP's Division of Land Restoration, the Special Reclamation Program is tasked with reclamation of permit forfeitures.
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.
The Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA) created the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) in the Department of the Interior (DOI). SMCRA provides authority to OSMRE to oversee the implementation of and provide Federal funding for State Regulatory and Abandoned Mine Land Programs that have been approved by OSMRE as meeting the minimum standards specified by SMCRA.
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: