OFFICE of SURFACE MINING
RECLAMATION and ENFORCEMENT

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Ben Owens

Division Chief
bowens@osmre.gov
(412) 937-2827


Pittsburgh Field Office


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Ohio

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Mineral Resources Management (DMRM), administers the State's program that regulates coal mining. DMRM enforces Ohio's coal mining laws and regulations to control areas disturbed during mining and to minimize any long-term adverse environmental impacts. DMRM processes applications for permits to mine coal; verifies compliance with bonding requirements; and manages permit records, databases, and permit-related information. DMRM inspects mines, enforces the laws regulating active mining to ensure the protection of citizens and conservation of environmental resources, and oversees land reclamation requirements to ensure mine operators restore lands and waters to productive uses.

DMRM's Abandoned Mine Land program eliminates health and safety hazards and reclaims lands and waters damaged by coal mining that occurred prior to today's stricter reclamation laws. This includes: reclamation of underground mine openings, dangerous highwalls, mine subsidence, and clean-up of hazardous and/or polluted water impoundments, acid mine drainage, burning coal refuse, and other mining related problems.

State Contacts

Ohio
Abandoned Mine Lands (Title IV) Regulatory (Title V)
Ben McCament, AML Program Administrator
Abandoned Mine Lands Section
Division of Mineral Resources Management
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
2045 Morse Road, Bldg. H-2
Columbus, OH 43229
T: (614) 265-6633
E-mail: Benny.Mccament@dnr.state.oh.us

Tim Jackson, AML Emergency Program Administrator
Division of Mineral Resources Management
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
AML Emergency
2045 Morse Road, Bldg. H-2
Columbus, OH 43229
T: (614) 265-1013
F: (614) 265-7999
E-mail: Tim.Jackson@dnr.state.oh.us
Dave Crow, Acting Chief
Division of Mineral Resources Management - Coal and Minerals
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
2045 Morse Road, Bldg. H-2
Columbus, OH 43229
T: (614) 265-6633
F: (614) 265-7999
E-mail: Dave.Crow@dnr.state.oh.us
State Program Links
Ohio Division of Mineral Resources Management (DMRM)


Oversight

Outreach for Development and Review of the Oversight Performance Agreement

Each evaluation year, OSMRE solicits comments, recommendations and/or suggestions from citizens, enviromental groups, industry and other interested parties on oversight and potential oversight evalution topics, including the opportunity for discussions with our office. The topics or requests should relate to the implementation of the approved Regulatory and Abandoned Mine Land programs.

During the Performance Agreement Development stage, topics or requests should be submitted no later than the end of March of the current evalution year in order to be considered for inclusion into the proposed Performance Agreement for the upcoming evalution year.

During the Performance Agreement Review stage, topics or requests should be submitted by mid-May of the current evaluation year in order to be considered for inclusion into the Performance Agreement.

The states' work plans are completed by June 30th and will be available by mid-July of each evalution year. Performance Agreements are avaliable for public viewing through our oversight ODocs database. You may also request a hard copy of the document.

Please submit all topics, requests and/or comments by email or in writing to the contact person at the bottom of this page. Thank you for your participation in this important process.

OSMRE, in collaboration with each state, develops a Performance Agreement/Evaluation Plan tailored to the unique conditions of each state program. Performance Agreements/Evaluation Plans between OSMRE and the states establish how oversight is conducted during each evaluation year. OSMRE's Pittsburgh Field Office will draft Annual Performance Agreements/Evaluation Plans with Ohio for each evaluation year July 1 through June 30. 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.


Oversight Documents

To view oversight documents visit, OSMRE's REG-8 Oversight Database:





For more information regarding OSMRE's Oversight Program for Ohio, contact:

Steve Maxwell
OSMRE, Pittsburgh Field Office
3 Parkway Center
Pittsburgh, PA 15220

Email: stmaxwell@osmre.gov
Phone: (412) 312-1299



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