OFFICE of SURFACE MINING
RECLAMATION and ENFORCEMENT

U.S. Department of the Interior

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Mid-Continent Region Offices and Divisions

  • Mid-Continent Region Headquarters (MCR)

    • The Mid-Continent Region Headquarters is located in Alton, IL and is home to the Regional Directors Office; the Alton Field Division; and the Program Support Division.

  • Regional Director's Office (RD)

    • The Regional Director’s Office provides executive direction and administrative support to the region in matters of policy and guidance, budget, liaison with Headquarters, procurement, vehicles, property, office space, travel time, and communications. The Regional Director is responsible for coordinating and administering the day-to-day management, policy direction, and performance of the region.

  • Program Support Division (PSD)

    • The Program Support Division (PSD) provides support and services to the 11 MCR states, MCR field offices, other OSM regions, and other Federal agencies. PSD is separated into a Program and Technology Support Branch (PTSB) and a Technical Services Branch (TSB). The PSD also provides information technology (IT) and program analysis support to the MCR.

    • The PSD Staff:
      • Provide technical assistance - including Technical Innovation and Professional Services (TIPS) - to the 11 States and 3 Field Offices within the Region.
      • Process program amendments for 13 State Abandoned Mine Land (AML) and Regulatory programs.
      • Process Mining Plan Decision Documents for mining on Federal lands in Oklahoma and Alabama.
      • Administer the Federal responsibilities for AML Emergencies and Federal AML projects within the Region.
      • Provide Technology Transfer activities for the Region, including seminars, interactive forums, and training.
      • Provide financial assistance for State regulatory and AML programs, watershed organizations, and research institutions within the Mid-Continent Region.
      • Provide ADP support for Mid-Continent Region offices.
      • Provide training to employees within the region. These functions are largely divided between four programmatic and technical teams. The teams are Program Amendments, Federal Programs, Technology Development and Transfer, and Technical Services, and Grants. Special project teams are formed as needed and many Program Support Division (PSD) staff serve on several teams both within and outside the Office of Surface Mining.
  • Program and Technology Support Branch (PTSB)

    • The Program and Technology Support Branch (PTSB) provides essential OSM/MCR functions including:

      • Reviewing and administering Federal grants and cooperative agreements
      • Assisting states in maintaining their regulatory programs and AML plans
      • Processing state program and plan amendments through the Federal rulemaking process
      • Maintaining a regional geospatial system that provides natural resource and mining related geographic information to OSM offices
      • Advocating for the MCR states’ geospatial needs on the National Coal Mine Geospatial Committee
      • Planning and executing technical workshops, forums, websites, and other activities designed to improve the knowledge base of reclamation professionals
      • Leading the National Technology Transfer Team
      • Managing the OSM Applied Science Program
      • Leading the Regional Technology Transfer Team.
  • Technical Services Branch (TSB)

    • The Technical Services Branch (TSB) provides technical assistance and support activities to Mid-Continent states, OSM offices, other Federal agencies, and the public on a variety of mining and reclamation topics including engineering, geology, hydrology, natural resources, soils, revegetation, mining and reclamation technology, and blasting. In addition, TSB staff support the OSM Technical Innovation and Professional Services (TIPS) Program by providing instructors, course developers, and troubleshooters on TIPS software. Similarly, the TSB contributes instructors and course developers to the OSM National Technical Training Program (NTTP) and conducts regional training classes. The TSB also assists in OSM regulatory development, conducts State program amendment technical reviews, and supports the OSM Applied Science Program by providing technical representatives for both applied science and underground mine map projects.

  • Alton Field Division (AFD)

    • The Alton Field Division is located in Alton, Illinois with an area office in Indianapolis, Indiana (IAO). The AFD serves as the point-of-contact for their respective State regulatory and AML programs, the coal industry, public interest groups, and citizens in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Missouri. State coal regulatory and Abandoned Mine Land Programs are monitored to ensure compliance with SMCRA and that all coal operations and reclamation activities of abandoned mine lands are conducted in an appropriate environmental manner.

      The AFD Program staff is responsible for gathering data about coal mining and reclamation operations in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Missouri, assisting them in improving inspection and enforcement activities and recommending actions needed to address program deficiencies. The accomplishment of these tasks will assist the States in the implementation of regulatory programs and ensure proper reclamation of the land.

    • The Program Staff:

      • Administers the MCR Watershed Cooperative Agreement program in Iowa, Indiana, Missouri and Illinois, with active programs in Iowa and Illinois.
      • Reviews and analyzes proposed state program amendments and monitors and evaluates State regulatory programs, cooperative agreements and abandoned mine land (AML) reclamation programs.
      • Assists in resolving identified program issues within each of the states.
      • Works with each state to develop an annual performance agreement which defines the oversight and assistance activities for the current evaluation year.
      • Solicits stakeholder comments concerning oversight, conducts performance reviews in accordance with the approved performance agreement, and inspects mines in accordance with existing OSM policy, citizen concerns or concerns from routine program and document review.
      • Provides technical assistance or access to technical assistance on issues relating to mine permitting, compliance monitoring, mitigation, AML issues or reclamation decisions.
      • Reviews grant documents and assure programmatic compliance with all grant conditions.
      • Assists the States in aggressively pursuing reclamation of the most serious and high priority non-emergency AML sites.
      • Participates in technical forums, meetings, and conferences to maintain technical expertise and stay abreast of developments in mining and reclamation technology. Committee member of various national initiatives.
  • Birmingham Field Office (BFO) - Birmingham, AL

    • The Birmingham Field Office (BFO) is responsible for coordination between OSM, State Regulatory Authorities, citizens, industry and environmental concerns in the States of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. State coal programs and abandoned mine land programs are monitored to ensure that surface coal mining operations and the surface effects of underground coal mining, along with the reclamation of abandoned mine lands, are conducted in an environmentally sound manner in accordance with the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA).

      The BFO Program staff is responsible for gathering data about coal mining and reclamation operations, assisting States in improving inspection and enforcement activities, and recommending actions needed to address State program deficiencies. The accomplishment of this work will assist State’s in the implementation of their programs and ensure proper reclamation of the land.

    • Additional responsibilities include:

      • Reviews and analyzes proposed State program amendments, monitors, and evaluates State regulatory programs, cooperative agreements and abandoned mine land (AML) reclamation programs.
      • Assists in resolution of identified program issues within each of the states.
      • Works with each State to develop annual performance agreements which define the oversight and assistance activities for the current year.
      • Solicits stakeholder comments on oversight.
      • Conducts performance reviews; inspects mines in accordance with OSM policies, citizen concerns or concerns from routine document review; and participates in bond release inspections.
      • Provides technical assistance or access to technical assistance on issues relating to mine permitting, compliance monitoring, mitigation, AML issues, or reclamation decisions.
      • Reviews grant documents and assures programmatic compliance with all grant conditions.
      • Assists the States in aggressively pursuing reclamation of the most serious and high priority nonemergency AML reclamation.
      • Participates in technical forums, meetings, and conferences to maintain technical expertise and stay abreast of developments in mining and reclamation technology.
  • Tulsa Field Office (TFO) - Tulsa, OK

    • The Tulsa Field Office (TFO) is responsible for coordination between OSM and State regulatory authorities, citizens, and coal industry in the States of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, and Texas. State coal programs are monitored to ensure that surface coal mining operations, the surface effects of underground coal mining and the reclamation of abandoned mine lands are conducted in an environmentally sound manner.

      The Field Office Director (FOD) directs TFO activities and is responsible for financial management, property, and acquisition management. TFO is divided into two teams, the Administrative Support Team, and the Oversight Team. Some staff serve on both teams and participate on special team projects within and outside OSM.

      The Administrative Support Team ensures that field office staff is provided assistance and customer service on a variety of administrative services. Services provided allow the utilization of all resources available to TFO.

      The Oversight Team gathers data about coal mining and reclamation operations, assists States in improving inspection and enforcement activities, and recommends actions needed to address State program deficiencies. The accomplishment of this work will assist State’s in the implementation of their programs and ensure proper reclamation of the land.

Page Last Modified/Reviewed: 5/20/14

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