Abandoned Mine Land
Elys Creek Acid Mine Drainage Project Before
Elys Creek Acid Mine Drainage Project After
Shooters Hill Shaft Project Progresses
Shooters Hill Shaft Project Nearing Completion
Lee County Outdoor Classroom and Community Park
Virginia’s Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Program was established in the late 1970’s to correct pre-federal Act (1977) coal mine related problems adversely impacting public health, safety, general welfare, and the environment
Abandoned mine land related problems include landslides, stream sedimentation, hazardous structures, dangerous highwalls, subsidence, loss of water, acid mine drainage, and open mine portals. AML sites eligible for reclamation must have been mined prior to December 15, 1981. There must also be no other individual, firm, or organization responsible to reclaim the site
DMME’s Division of Mined Land Reclamation (DMLR) annually applies for a grant from the U.S. Office of Surface Mining (OSM) to reclaim high priority AML sites across the state. Grant funds are used to design reclamation plans, obtain consents for rights of entry, publish public notices in local newspapers to advertise for construction contractors, and to ensure the site is reclaimed and the problems abated according to the engineering design. Grant funds come from fees paid by the coal industry on each ton of coal mined. Current fees are $0.28 per ton of coal mined by surface mine methods and $0.12 per ton of coal mined using underground mining methods.
Virginia’s AML Inventory data show more than $99,277,574.00 in estimated costs to reclaim just the highest priority AML features. To date, DMLR has expended more than $111,111,653.00 reclaiming AML sites in Virginia.
Widely recognized as one of the best AML programs in the nation, OSM has selected several Virginia AML projects for national awards. Virginia is nationally recognized for its innovative accomplishments in reclaiming abandoned coal mine land.
For additional information contact (276) 523-8206 or Richard.Davis@dmme.virginia.gov.