Alton Field Division
Coal in Iowa ranges from sub-bituminous to high bituminous with an estimated 2.2-billion-ton reserve. Coal-bearing areas cover about 18,468 square miles, or 33 percent of the State. Most coal seams in Iowa are less than five feet thick and have relatively high sulfur content. Iowa coal mining activities began in the 1840s and ceased in 1994 with 58,855 tons being mined that year.
Coal mining and reclamation in Iowa is regulated by the Mines and Minerals Bureau of the Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Division of Soil Conservation.
Todd Coffelt of the Mines and Minerals Bureau has responsibility for SMCRA activities related to active coal mining in the State of Iowa.
Todd Coffelt of the Mines and Minerals Bureau has responsibility for SMCRA activities related to abandoned coal mines in the State of Iowa.
Iowa has participated in the OSM Watershed Cooperative Agreement Program since 2005. Ten acid mine drainage projects have been completed or are underway. Partner funding for Watershed Cooperative Agreement projects vary from 30% to 89.5% with an average participation of 70.5 percent.
Iowa grant reports and related documents are contained in the official grant file maintained at the:
Mid-Continent Regional Office
501 Belle Street, suite 216
Alton, IL 62002
They can be reviewed during normal business hours. Alternatively, these documents can be requested through the Alton Field Division or the Indianapolis Area Office and a copy of the grant file will be made available. The copy may be requested in paper or electronic format.
The Iowa Department of Agriculture - Mines and Minerals Bureau
OUTREACH FOR DEVELOPMENT OF THE OVERSIGHT PERFORMANCE AGREEMENT
We are soliciting comments, recommendations or suggestions for topics from citizens, environmental groups, and industry to include in our 2015 Annual or Bi-Annual Performance Agreement. Performance Agreements between OSM and the State and Tribal programs establish how oversight is conducted during each evaluation year(s). The topics should relate to the implementation of the approved Regulatory and Abandoned Mine Land Programs. Please submit your topics or requests for our consideration from March 1-30, 2014 by email or in writing to the contact at the bottom of the page. Thank you for your participation in this important process.
Oversight DocumentsTo view oversight documents see ODOCS, OSM's REG-8 Oversight Database:
|OSM defines "oversight", as the "process of evaluating and assisting states [and tribes] in the administration, implementation, and maintenance of approved programs. In collaboration with each state/tribe, OSM develops a Performance Agreement/Evaluation Plans tailored to the unique conditions of each state/tribe program. Performance Agreements/Evaluation Plans between OSM and the states establish how oversight is conducted during each evaluation year.|
For more information on OSM's oversight process see Oversight of Surface Coal Mining.
For more information please contact:
Chief, Alton Field Division