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Virginia Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Projects

Under the authority of Title IV of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA), the Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) provides Virginia with federal financial assistance through annual construction grants for Abandoned Mine Land (AML) projects to reclaim and restore land and water resources adversely affected by eligible coal mining operations. Virginia submits project proposals to OSMRE throughout the year requesting "authorization to proceed (ATP)” with construction activity, after which Virginia may begin construction contracting and reclamation work to remedy an AML problem.

The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) requires construction activities for these federally funded projects to be evaluated for environmental impacts. NEPA requires that the environmental evaluation be recorded in a decision document. The NEPA environmental reviews of AML projects are documented in either (1) an Environmental Assessment (EA) with a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) or (2) a Categorical Exclusion Certification and Determination (CX), as prescribed in NEPA, the US DOI Departmental Manual, and OSMRE directives and guidelines.

Public Notice of NEPA Environmental Review

NEPA requires that EA/FONSI's and CX's for AML reclamation projects be made available to the public and that the public be notified when and where they are available for public information. The complete files for AML reclamation projects in Virginia, to include NEPA documents, are available for public review at:

OSMRE's Knoxville Field Field Oversight Branch Office,
1947 Neeley Road, Suite 201, Compartment 116
Big Stone Gap, Virginia 24219, or
you may call the office at (276) 523-4303

To comply with NEPA notification provisions and for the convenience of the public, the NEPA determination documents for projects in Virginia authorized after January 1, 2014, are also available in PDF file format on this web site. The PDF file will be posted on this site as soon as possible after OSMRE completes the NEPA document. The PDF document files are organized by calendar year. The PDF file name includes the year authorized, project name, then the primary county in which the project is located.

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