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New Mexico

New Mexico

The Mining and Minerals Division, New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department Division, (MMD) administers the State's program regulating the surface mining of coal. MMD evaluates applications and issues surface mining permits, revisions, renewals and modifications on all lands that are not within the boundaries of Indian Reservations. MMD also is responsible for inspections and enforcement to ensure compliance with the program's permits and regulatory requirements. Working with the operators MMD program strives to develop innovative approaches to reclamation that enhance the long term stability of reclaimed mine lands.

MMD administers their surface coal mining and reclamation program as mandated by state and federal law to achieve optimum results in a cost-effective and fair manner. Since 1980, New Mexico regulatory program has worked in partnership with the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement to ensure all surface coal mining operations minimize adverse effects to the environment, protect the public interest and the rights of property owners, and return mined lands to a beneficial Postmining land use.

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.

New Mexico 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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