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Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Reclamation Awards

Jun 01, 2021  The Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Reclamation Awards are presented to coal mining companies that achieve the most exemplary coal mine reclamation in the nation. Past winners have demonstrated a commitment to sound mining practices and effective reclamation plans that enhanced beneficial post-mining use of the land.

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Coal Mine Reclamation - groundtruthtrekking.org

Sep 26, 2012  Reclamation Process. One of Usibelli's coal mines is in the Two Bull Ridge area. Reclamation standards for vegetation have been defined for this site, which is outlined here as an example of reclamation in Alaska. As stated in the permit, wildlife habitat is the goal for post-mining land use, and the primary objective of the reclamation plan is to encourage natural revegetation.

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Active Mine Awards Winners: Excellence in Surface Coal ...

The Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Reclamation Awards are presented to coal mining companies that achieve the most exemplary coal mine reclamation in the nation. Past winners have demonstrated a commitment to sound mining practices and effective reclamation plans that enhanced beneficial post-mining use of the land.

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Coal Mining in Montana - MEIC

Reclamation of coal mines has posed a significant challenge. Although Montana has an adequate reclamation law, companies are not required to reclaim lands concurrently with mining. This makes reclamation more difficult to re-establish vegetation and expensive to implement, and raises to the issue of whether the reclamation bonds are adequate.

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Mine reclamation - Wikipedia

Reclamation processes. As part of the life cycle of a surface coal mine, completed mine areas must undergo rehabilitation.When mining ends, operators must restore the land to its approximate original contour (AOC) or leave the land graded and suitable for a “higher and better” post-mining land use (PMLU) that has been approved as part of the original mining permit application.

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Good - and not-so-good - mine reclamation projects ...

Mar 08, 2019  Good – and not-so-good – mine reclamation projects. By Willie Dodson March 8, 2019. Reclaiming Appalachia’s coal lands. This is the first of a series of blogs exploring two federal programs aimed at spurring economic development in Appalachia by repurposing old, unused coal mining sites into new, vibrant economic projects. Looking at ...

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Mine Reclamation: A Green Transition Strategy with Promise ...

Aug 11, 2020  The trick is to make sure that reclamation jobs actually go to the former miners. The report, titled Coal Mine Cleanup Works, estimates that cleaning up and reclaiming coal mine sites in Montana, North Dakota, Colorado, and Wyoming could generate between 4,893 and 9,786 “job-years.” That adds up to approximately 65 percent of the current ...

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Reclaiming Abandoned Mines: Turning Coal Country’s Toxic ...

Mining production is falling, which is good news for tackling climate change and air pollution, but Appalachia and other coal states are also feeling the economic pain that comes with it. And that ...

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Rosebud Coal Mine Exceeded Pollution Permit by 19,500 ...

The reclamation of mined lands is also an important objective of each mining complex. Reclamation is an integral part of Westmoreland Coal Company’s mining operations. Reclamation activities consist of filling the voids created during coal removal, replacing sub-soils and top-soils and then re-establishing the vegetative cover.

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Montana among states to weigh in on agency concerns over ...

Apr 11, 2018  Since the abandoned mine land program was created, about $3.9 billion in public funds has been spent to reclaim abandoned mines, and there remains at least $10.2 billion in reclamation costs for coal mines abandoned prior to 1977, according to the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation. Coal accounts for roughly 17 percent of energy production ...

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DNR: Reclamation: About Us

The Division of Reclamation (DOR) is responsible for oversight of active coal mining and restoration of land disturbed for coal extraction (Regulatory Section); and, restores land mined for coal, but abandoned without full or proper reclamation (Restoration Section). These programs are a cooperative effort between Indiana and the federal ...

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Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement

• The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement was created in 1977 when Congress enacted the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act. • OSMRE institutes nationwide programs to protect society and the environment from the potential adverse effects of surface coal mining operations.

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The Forestry Reclamation Approach: guide to successful ...

County, 10 years after reclamation by planting tree seedlings into heavy ground cover. Bottom right: Mined site in Nicholas County, about 10 years after reclamation by planting tree seedlings on good mine soil material. Note how much growth has occurred between the top whorl of branches and the second row of branches in the sapling at center.

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RRC Gives Coal Mining Reclamation Award to Dos ... - Texas

Apr 19, 2021  Sub-bituminous coal from the Olmos Formation had been harvested from the surface mine, supplying 2-3 million metric tons of coal per year to a Mexican federal electricity commission power plant. RRC’s award recognizes Dos Republicas’ reclamation of the Dahlstrom pit, which was graded and merged with the surrounding area in 2018 and 2019.

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DNR: Reclamation: What is Coal?

Indiana Coal Characteristics. Coal is generally characterized and priced based upon its different characteristics Some of the most common are: BTUs—how hot does it burn. Indiana coal provides good heat value; 10,500-12,000 BTUs/lb. Moisture Content—the amount of water reduces the fuel or burning power, and can generate excess steam.

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New Report Highlights Coal Reclamation Failures across the ...

The report finds that coal companies are not reclaiming mines, and, with the coal industry on shaky financial ground, the public faces increasing liability for massive reclamation costs. With ...

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Transitioning from Coal Is the Goal – How to Get There Is ...

Jun 24, 2021  Whatever the cause, Horseherder and Nuvamsa said the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) is “failing miserably” at its job of holding Peabody responsible for returning land to the tribes in “as good condition as received,” as required under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act.

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SMCRA: It's Back in the News and That's Not Good News For Coal

The Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) stands alone among environmental statutes because of its dual, competing goals: Congress enacted SMCRA to promote coal mining to provide the nation with an important source of fuel, while also minimizing mining's environmental impacts.

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Mining Regulations and Statutes - Kentucky Energy and ...

Mining Regulations and Statutes. The mining divisions are guided by statutes, regulations, reclamation advisory memorandums and technical reclamation memorandums in the implementation of their regulatory programs. The Cabinet's Department for Natural Resources is the agency with front-line responsibility for carrying out the statutes and the ...

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The inside story of an Alberta coal mine devastated by a ...

Jun 24, 2021  Reclamation at Alberta coal mine ‘going to be a huge catastrophe’: lawyer Coalspur’s financial troubles raise concerns for experts about the company’s ability to one day clean up the mine. According to the affidavit of Coalspur’s parent company’s CEO, the estimates of the cost to reclaim the mine at the end of its life, known as ...

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H.R.1734 - Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act ...

Mar 10, 2021  Shown Here: Introduced in House (03/10/2021) Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act Amendments of 2021. This bill reauthorizes the Department of the Interior to collect fees on the production of coal through FY2036, expands the eligible uses of the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund, and revises requirements concerning the fund.

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Community involvement key to safe, reclaimable coal mines ...

May 23, 2021  We ought to be promising pretty good reclamation." People also need to understand that a reclaimed coal mine will have to be monitored for many

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Management of topsoil for geo-environmental reclamation of ...

Topsoil is an essential component for land reclamation in mining areas. It is seriously damaged if it is not mined out separately without being contaminated, eroded and protected. Systematic handling and storage practices can protect topsoil while in storage and after it has been redistributed onto the regraded area. Impact of coal mining on topsoil quality in Indian context has been described.

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The reclamation myth, it’s still happening too ...

Oct 14, 2014  The industry argues that it does a good job of reclaiming the land, and will use a handful of good examples of reclamation with a few nice pictures, and pretend that this is the norm. I particularly like this tweet from the West Virginia Coal Association a few weeks back.

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Reclamation of Coal Mining Operations: Select Issues and ...

Nov 17, 2020  reclamation of coal mining sites on federal, nonfederal, and tribal lands in the United States. In addition to the requirements in SMCRA, coal mining operations may be subject to additional state and federal laws, such as permitting under the Clean Water Act. All coal mining operations

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Coal Mining – Mining Reclamation – NewBridge Reclamation ...

NewBridge Reclamation. 340 South Broadway Suite 100 Lexington, KY 40508 Tel: 800-767-8622 Fax: 859-281-6291

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Reclamation of Soils Degraded by Surface Coal Mining ...

Aug 18, 2020  The largest Brazilian coal mine, called Candiota mine, is located in South Brazil, with an estimated reserve about 1.2 billion tons. Since late 2003, an experiment located at a reclaimed site in a coal mining area was conducted, in which a research group from the Federal University of Pelotas has been conducting a long-term experiment on soil quality with different plants species, such as ...

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Reclamation in the Indonesian Coal Mining Industry

Jun 07, 2021  disposal area, and the reclamation area in the coal mining sites. In 2017, reclamation work had been carried out on only about 33% of the OB disposal area (Mining Company, Annual Report, 2008–2017). The reasons for this are complex: Among the many problems cited are technical problems, low environmental awareness, lack of human resource capacity,

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SMCRA: It's Back in the News and That's Not Good News For Coal

The Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) stands alone among environmental statutes because of its dual, competing goals: Congress enacted SMCRA to promote coal mining to provide the nation with an important source of fuel, while also minimizing mining

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Mining Regulations and Statutes - Kentucky Energy and ...

Mining Regulations and Statutes. The mining divisions are guided by statutes, regulations, reclamation advisory memorandums and technical reclamation memorandums in the implementation of their regulatory programs. The Cabinet's Department for Natural Resources is the agency with front-line responsibility for carrying out the statutes and the ...

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New Report Highlights Coal Reclamation Failures across the ...

The report finds that coal companies are not reclaiming mines, and, with the coal industry on shaky financial ground, the public faces increasing liability for massive reclamation costs. With ...

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Transitioning from coal is the goal – how to get there is ...

Jun 15, 2021  Whatever the cause, Horseherder and Nuvamsa said the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) is “failing miserably” at its job of holding Peabody responsible for returning land to the tribes in “as good condition as received,” as required under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act.

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First new coal mine in Colorado sparks economic hope in ...

Jun 24, 2021  The mine is permitted through the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety with a surety bond of $4.6 million held by the state. In 2019, Cline sought BLM approval to mine an additional 8 million tons of federally-owned coal, which would extend the life of the mine

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Esri Natural Resources Mining GIS Ensures That Mining ...

To monitor coal mine reclamation, MMD applied for a grant from the OSMRE Western Region to acquire WorldView-2 satellite imagery. Using this imagery along with on-the-ground vegetation surveys, the remote-sensing analyst is creating vegetation change detection maps for the Vermejo Park Ranch abandoned coal mine town reclamation project to aid specialists in evaluating revegetation and

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Wyoming Coal Bankruptcies: Who is Responsible for Reclamation?

Feb 06, 2020  “Coal mine economics continue to deteriorate. Coal generation is at its lowest level since 1975, and these are trends that are probably not going to reverse.” The resource council was founded in 1973 to advocate for responsible energy development, and Anderson said tracking reclamation efforts was a top priority for the organization in 2020 ...

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COAL: Reclamation funds dwindle while Congress dawdles ...

Aug 19, 2019  COAL Reclamation funds dwindle while Congress dawdles Dylan Brown, EE News reporter Published: Monday, August 19, 2019. While acid mine drainage is a massive and mounting problem, it cannot be ...

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Community involvement key to safe, reclaimable coal mines ...

May 23, 2021  We ought to be promising pretty good reclamation.” People also need to understand that a reclaimed coal mine will have to be monitored for many

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DNR: Reclamation: About Us

The Division of Reclamation (DOR) is responsible for oversight of active coal mining and restoration of land disturbed for coal extraction (Regulatory Section); and, restores land mined for coal, but abandoned without full or proper reclamation (Restoration Section). These programs are a cooperative effort between Indiana and the federal ...

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