Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement

Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement

Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM)

In line with David P. Schulz

about Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement:

The Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA) created the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement-usually abbreviated OSM, though sometimes abbreviated OSMRE in government publications. Operating as part of the Department of the Interior, the office has two missions. One is overseeing coal mining activity to ensure that both people and the environment are protected during mining activity and that land is restored to beneficial use when mining operations are completed. The second mission, through the Abandoned Mine Land program, is to protect public health, safety, and general welfare by correcting problems associated with past mining practices such as underground fires, acid mine drainage, subsidences, landslides, highwalls, and open shafts. With fewer than 525 employees across the country, the office partners with 31 states and a number of Native American (United States) tribes that exercise responsibility for enforcing, permitting, and bonding.

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