Alton Field Division
Missouri has a rich history of coal mining activity. Coal deposits were first mined in Missouri in the late 1840s, giving the state the distinction of being the first state west of the Mississippi River to produce coal for commercial use. Although most of the early coal mines in the state were underground, surface mining began in the mid 1930s, and has accounted for virtually all the coal produced in Missouri since the 1960s. Approximately 67,000 acres were affected by surface coal mining in 48 Missouri counties before enactment of SMCRA in 1977.
Missouri's coal ranges from lignite to high volatile bituminous. Its coal reserve is estimated to be six billion tons, accounting for between one and two percent of the coal reserves in the United States. The coal-bearing areas cover about 23,000 square miles or 33 percent of the State. Twelve of the 20 identified coal seams have been mined. The relatively high sulfur content of Missouri's reserves is greater than 2.5 pounds per million BTU and averages four percent by weight.
Ron Dumey of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Land Reclamation Program, has responsibility for SMCRA activities related to active coal mining in the State of Missouri.
Ron Dumey of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Land Reclamation Program, has responsibility for SMCRA activities related to abandoned coal mines in the State of Missouri.
Missouri 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 and a copy of the grant file will be made available. The copy may be requested in paper or electronic format.
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