The Montana Department of Environmental Quality through the Industrial and Energy Minerals Bureau (IEMB) administers the State's program regulating the surface mining of coal. The IEMB evaluates surface mining permit applications, permit revision applications, and permit renewal applications to ensure mining can be accomplished in an environmentally sound manner; approves or disapproves permit applications; and carries out inspections of coal mines to ensure compliance with the program's requirements. Since 1980, Montana's regulatory program has been a partnership effort between the State and the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement.
The IEMB strives to administer the surface coal mining and reclamation program mandated by State and Federal law to achieve optimum results in a cost-effective and fair manner, and to ensure that mining operations subject to this program are conducted in such a way that they: are environmentally sound and minimize adverse effects; protect public interest and the rights of property owners; return mined lands to beneficial uses; and maintain the integrity of the state's natural resources.
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, 2020, by email or in writing, to the contact listed below. Thank you for your participation in this important process.
Montana 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.
Visit The Montana Department of Environmental Quality's website at http://www.deq.mt.gov/default.mcpx.