3480 Department of Conservation
Program Descriptions


This program regulates active surface mining operations and monitors local lead agencies to ensure compliance with the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1975. It assists cities, counties, state agencies, and mine operators in their efforts to reclaim mined lands to beneficial uses. This program also compiles an inventory of the state's estimated 47,000 abandoned mines and remediates abandoned mine hazards to protect public safety.