The Reclamation Services Unit assures coal mine operator compliance with the Virginia Coal Surface Mining Control Reclamation Act, Chapter 19, Title 45.1 of the Code and the Virginia Coal Surface Mining Reclamation Regulations (VCSMRR) to protect the environment and public health and safety from potential adverse effects of mining activities. This is accomplished by:
- reviewing all Coal Surface Mining Operation permits and revisions to assure that requirements are met through proper planning based on the field conditions of the mine site;
- providing regular inspections and complaint investigations on 650 or more permitted coal surface mining sites; and
- providing compliance assistance to mine operators, engineers and consultants.
The Reclamation Services Unit maintains accurate automated permit data on each coal surface mining site. Reclamation inspectors conduct over 7000 inspections and 400 complaint investigations annually. The Unit is supported from the Division of Mined Land Reclamations Big Stone Gap Office and provides inspections and investigations in Virginias seven coal-producing counties of Lee, Wise, Dickenson, Buchanan, Tazewell, Russell and Scott.
For additional information contact (276) 523-8195 or e-mail.
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