OFFICE of SURFACE MINING
RECLAMATION and ENFORCEMENT

U.S. Department of the Interior

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For More Information:

Ben Owens

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


Pittsburgh Field Office


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Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP), Bureau of District Mining Operations, and Bureau of Mining and Reclamation, administers the Pennsylvania program that regulates coal mining activities. PADEP enforces Pennsylvania's coal mining laws and regulations to control areas disturbed during mining and to minimize any long-term adverse environmental impacts. PADEP's six statewide District Mining Offices processes applications for permits to mine coal; verifies compliance with bonding requirements; and manages permit records, databases, and permit-related information. PADEP's District Mining Offices also inspect mines, enforce the permit requirements and laws regulating mining activities, and oversee land reclamation requirements to ensure the protection of citizens, conservation of environmental resources, and restoration of lands and waters to productive uses.

PADEP's Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation administers a program which eliminates health and safety hazards and reclaims lands and waters damaged by coal mining that occurred prior to passage of stricter federal reclamation laws in 1977. 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 coal mining related problems.

State Contacts

Pennsylvania
Abandoned Mine Lands (Title IV) Regulatory (Title V)
State Program Links
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP)


Oversight

Outreach for Development and Review of the Oversight Performance Agreement

Each evaluation year, OSMRE solicits comments, recommendations and/or suggestions from citizens, environmental groups, industry and other interested parties on oversight and potential oversight evaluation 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 evaluation year in order to be considered for inclusion into the proposed Performance Agreement for the upcoming evaluation 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 30 and will be available by mid-July of each evaluation year. Performance Agreements are available for public viewing through our oversight ODocs database found here: https://www.odocs.osmre.gov/. 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 to the extent possible, develops a state-specific 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 Division will draft Annual Performance Agreement/Evaluation Plans with Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania, contact:

Joan Hopler
Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
Pittsburgh Field Office
USGS Building
215 Limekiln Road
New Cumberland, PA 17070

Email: jhopler@osmre.gov - Phone: 717-730-6986



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