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Abandonment Requirements


Abandoned Mine

In order to abandon a licensed Virginia coal mine, the operator must submit the following:

Underground Coal Mines
The operator must provide written notice of abandonment to the Division of Mines. This notice should include the name of the mine, location of the mine and the operator's name and mailing address, a final mine map and a DM-CM-2 form (tonnage) must be provided.  Total tonnage and hours are also needed from January 1, or the date the license was issued in the current year, through the date of abandonment.    NOTE: This information is required even if there is zero tonnage for the time period.


Surface Coal Mines
The operator must provide written notice of abandonment to the Division of Mines which includes the name of the mine, location of the mine and the operator's name and mailing address.  Also, a final mine map when applicable and a DM-CM-2 (tonnage form) must be provided and completed as described in the underground mines requirements.

For more information, contact the Big Stone Gap office at (276) 523-8225 or e-mail Terri Gibson.