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The Colorado Division of Reclamation Mining and Safety administers the State’s approved SMCRA program regulating the surface and underground mining of coal. The Division evaluates applications for mining permits, revisions and renewals, permit transfers, bond releases, and exploration, issues and maintains permits and conducts inspections of coal mines to ensure compliance with the program’s requirements. Since 1980, Colorado’s regulatory program has been a partnership effort between the State and the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement.

The Division regulates exploration for, and development of, coal in the State of Colorado which supports the existence of a viable coal mining industry to meet the nation’s energy needs; implements standards that safeguard the environment and protect public health and safety; and achieves the successful reclamation of land affected by coal mining activities.

Public Comment Period on Oversight of State Program

Oversight is the process of evaluating and assisting States and Tribes in the administration, implementation, enforcement, and maintenance of their approved regulatory programs. OSMRE conducts oversight on an evaluation year basis which runs from July 1 through June 30. We are currently preparing for our next evaluation year and are soliciting comments from citizens, environmental groups, industry and other interested parties. We seek your recommendations for evaluation topics and suggestions for improving our future Annual Reports. As a part of this process, we also offer the opportunity for discussions with our office.

Please submit your requests or comments from March 1 - 30, 2021, by email or in writing, to the contact listed below. Thank you for your participation in this important process.

Colorado Oversight Documents

The Oversight Document System (ODocs) is a new depository library OSMRE developed containing oversight documentation related to State/Tribes oversight program. To access ODocs, click on the link provided below. For more information on Oversight, visit Oversight of Surface Coal Mining. If you have questions, please reference the individual listed under Contact Information.


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