OFFICE of SURFACE MINING
RECLAMATION and ENFORCEMENT

U.S. Department of the Interior

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Mike Richmond

Branch Chief, ESTTB
mrichmond@osmre.gov
(412) 937-2850


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Engineering Services and Technology
Transfer Branch (ESTTB)

The Engineering Services and Technology Transfer Branch (ESTTB) is composed of scientists and engineers of varying backgrounds. ESTTB provides technical support in the form of engineeering services, and technology transfer to our customers: the state regulatory authorities, the OSMRE Field Offices, OSMRE Headquarters, and academia. ESTTB is committed to objective and quality science.

Engineering Services

Technical Assistance

In partnership with States, Tribes, or OSMRE Field Offices, evaluation of engineering related issues on permitted or pre-law (Abandoned Mine Lands) mine sites. (Provided to States, Tribes, and OSMRE Field Offices)

  • Blasting
    • Technical Assistance
    • Forensic Investigation
  • Civil Penalty and Bond Forfeiture Assistance
    • Evaluation of onsite conditions
    • Design of remedial measures
    • Construction monitoring of implementation of remedial measures
  • Emergency and High Priority AML Projects in Non Program States (GA, MA, MI, NC, RI)
    • Evaluation of onsite conditions
    • Design of remedial measures
    • Construction monitoring of implementation of remedial measures
  • Evaluation of Construction Methods
    • Verification of earthwork compaction
    • Verification of conformance with approved plans
  • Slope Stability Evaluation
    • Landslides
    • Evaluation of fill slopes
    • Evaluation of slurry and freshwater impoundment embankments (dams)
  • Subsidence Investigation
    • Pre-mine estimation of subsidence potential
    • Investigate cause of subsidence (coal mine related or not)
    • Design of remedial measures
  • Surface Water Hydrology
    • Forensic investigation of flood events
    • Evaluation of adequacy of flood prevention measures on mine sites
  • Technical investigation of Citizen or Environmental Group issues in support of OSMRE Field Offices

In addition, the Engineering Services group of the branch provides instructors for classes covering all of the noted areas of expertise.

Federal Reclamation Program (FRP)

TheĀ U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) through the Federal Reclamation program (FRP) addresses abandoned coal mine (AML) sites within states and tribes that do not currently have their own program. The Appalachian Region through the ESTTB investigates and administers high priority and emergency AML projects that may occur in Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, and Rhode Island.

Setting up to drill and investigate a 230 foot deep coal mine shaft in Flint, Michigan to determine its condition. Work is part of the Michigan Group #3 Mine shafts federal abandoned mine land project.

Setting up to drill and investigate a 230 foot deep coal mine shaft in Flint, Michigan to determine its condition. Work is part of the Michigan Group #3 Mine shafts federal abandoned mine land project.

In addition, the ESTTB through FRP also:

  • Provides advice to state or tribal AML programs on problem mining-relatedness, emergency and high-priority AML project design options and construction techniques;
  • Designs and implement projects in Tennessee that are funded by federal civil penalties collected from operators
  • Carry out projects funded from bonds forfeited by operators in Tennessee

The program addresses environmental and public safety hazards that arise from coal mining. These AML problem types range from landslides, mine subsidence, refuse fires, mine fires, rock falls, dangerous highwalls and mine openings, mine drainage issues and mine blowouts. The ESTTB consists of engineers and physical scientists, geologists, and natural resource specialists who can assist in developing the abatement options of all categories of abandoned coal mine related emergencies and non-emergency reclamation projects. Investigatory activities range from something as simple as a site visit to developing a geotechnical investigation plan. The Branch also responds to requests for technical assistance services on AML issues from other government agencies, municipalities, and individuals nationwide.

To report a potential coal mining abandoned mine land (AML) problem contact:
Mike Richmond, mrichmond@osmre.gov, (412) 937-2850, or

visit OSMRE's map to report problems/concerns to the respective state representative.

Technology Development and Transfer (TDT)

One of the ways that the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) balances coal production with environmental protection is by providing resources for technical assistance, training, and technology development. These activities support and enhance the technical skills that states and tribes need to operate their regulatory and reclamation programs in order to effectively implement the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA). Learn More about Technology Development and Transfer (TDT) Appalachian Region Technology Transfer team (ARTT) Logo

Appalachian Region Technology Transfer (ARTT)

The Appalachian Region Technology Transfer team is part of the national technology transfer effort of OSMRE. ARTT provides interactive forums and workshops, publishes and presents technical papers at state/regional/national conventions, workshops, symposia, and outreach efforts to accomplish the goals.

ARTT Events

Flight 93, Passive Treatment System - a project that provides a way to help clean up acid mine drainage water from an underground coal mine near the crash site. The treatment systems put in place on the site to combat Iron and Manganese issues in the water include the passive technology capable of reducing total suspended metals to less than 2.0 mg/L (Enhanced Solids Fe Removal) and the passive technology capable of removing manganese to less than 1.0 mg/L at pH 7 (Passive Removal of Manganese at Circumneutral pH).

Trompe, Passive Treatment System - a project that uses a modern version of the ancient technology to clean up pollution from 20th-century mining. This project is believed to be the first use of a trompe to eliminate mine water pollution.



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