About the Appalachian Region
The Appalachian Region (AR) of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement's (OSMRE) was formed on May 1, 1995 to aid in accomplishing the agency's mission and implementation of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA) effectively and efficiently throughout Appalachia. AR performs an oversight role for States in the Region that have primacy and regulate surface coal mining activities and reclamation on lands within their jurisdiction.
The Appalachian Regional Office of OSMRE, is located within Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Regional Director coordinates and administers the day-to-day management, policy direction, and performance of the Appalachian Region. AR's organization is structured into Field Offices and Divisions with supporting branches underneath. The Divisions coordinate with the Field Offices in the Region to provide local delivery of technical assistance, technology transfer, abandoned mine land (AML) investigations, inspection and enforcement, oversight evaluation, and award of grants to states carrying out the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977.
The AR is responsible for regulating the State programs of Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The region regulates coal mining and reclamation activities within its eastern boundaries to ensure that the wildlife and environment within Appalachia are thriving.