OSMREOffice of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (US Department of Interior)
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Earlier this month, the DEQ requested additional time to complete its investigation of Arch; the OSMRE responded by extending its February deadline to February 22.
According to the OSMRE analysis, most potential impacts--including air pollution, noise, waste spills, and groundwater contamination--are predicted to be negligible or minor at worst.
More than 3,000 jobs have been established, estimated the OSMRE.
The coal industry would like to see an increased role for state agencies, feeling that they are more familiar with the unique conditions of remining operations than are federal (OSMRE) inspectors, although the industry also voices strong reservations regarding how well state personnel understand the economic constraints faced by mining firms.
OSMRE provides AML grants to states and tribes according to a congressionally mandated formula based on their past and current coal production.
CPE previously earned the honor in 2009 (Spring Creek mine), 2010 (Antelope) and 2014 (Antelope); it also received the OSMRE Good Neighbor Award in 2012 for its efforts to support communities around their three mine operations.
The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) announced the winners of the 2015 Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Awards, which honor the highest quality projects across the nation to reclaim abandoned coal mines.
Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) was also examining the program.