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.
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.
View the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Resources Department, Mining and Minerals Division website at http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/MMD/index.htm