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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.

Outreach for Review of the Proposed Oversight Performance Agreement

We are soliciting comments from citizens, environmental groups, industry and other interested parties regarding our Proposed Oversight Performance Agreements, which can be found in the Reg-8 Oversight Database (ODocs).

Please submit your comments for our consideration from May 1 – 15, 2021, by email or in writing, to the contact listed below. As a part of that process, we welcome comments and suggestions from interested parties on oversight and/or potential oversight evaluation topics, including the opportunity for discussions with our office.

The final work plans will be completed by June 30 and will be available by July 14, 2021 in ODocs. You may also request a hard copy of the document from 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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