Regulation of Surface Coal Mining and Surface Effects of Underground Coal Mining

To assist the States and Tribes with active coal mining in administering approved regulatory programs.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: Governor designated agencies in coal producing states receive annual grants to assist in administering and enforcing the states' approved regulatory programs as provided by the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977, as amended.

Fiscal Year 2018: Program anticipates funding projects in coal producing states receive annual grants to assist in administering and enforcing the states' approved regulatory programs as provided by the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977, as amended.

Fiscal Year 2019: No information available.

Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

See Catalog Appendix IV.
Website Address

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Department Of Environment & Conservation Tennessee $ 2,111,494   2019-10-012023-09-30
Energy And Environment Cabinet $ 13,295,420   2022-09-012023-08-31
Surface Mining Commission Alabama $ 200,000   2018-09-012023-08-31
Public Service Commission, North Dakota $ 990,417   2022-07-012023-06-30
Energy, Minerals & Natural Resources Department, New Mexico $ 816,070   2022-07-012023-06-30
Montana Department Of Environmental Quality $ 2,153,576   2022-07-012023-06-30
Utah Oil Gas & Mining Division $ 1,995,287   2022-07-012023-06-30
Natural Resources, Alaska Department Of $ 362,436   2022-07-012023-06-30
Natural Resources, Ohio Department Of $ 1,453,124   2022-07-012023-06-30
Health And Environment, Kansas Department Of $ 43,819   2022-07-012023-06-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: Twenty-four coal producing states have approved programs, twelve states have been awarded partial administration and enforcement grants awards under the Continuing Resolution. Fiscal Year 2018: In FY18 the program anticipates to fund twenty-four coal producing states. Fiscal Year 2019: No information available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants for permanent program development are available to fund staff and related costs in connection with preparing State legislative proposals; preparing State regulations; preparing permanent program applications to the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE); and for other related purposes.

Administration and Enforcement grants are awarded to assist States that have received approval to operate permanent regulatory programs.

Funded cooperative agreements provide for State regulation of coal mining activities on Federal lands.

Technical assistance is available on any aspect of regulating surface impacts of coal mining.

See Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977, Public Law 95-87, 91 Stat.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The State must have an approved program to regulate surface coal mining and a designated State agency to receive and administer grants.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State agencies responsible for regulation, reclamation and enforcement of provisions protecting the environment from negative effects of coal mining operations.


The Governor of a State designates an agency to act as recipient of the grant or funded cooperative agreement. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

No preapplication is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The standard application SF 424 Application for Federal Assistance forms required by 2 CFR Part 215.12 and 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart F, or its revisions, must be used. State regulatory grant applications are required to submit applications to their appropriate Regional Office. Applications maybe submitted through and the appropriate OSM Regional/Field Office. Please contact the appropriate Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Regional Office for assistance.

Award Procedures

The application will be reviewed by appropriate OSMRE Regional staff within 60 days of receipt of application and approval by the OSMRE Regional Office is required. If the application is not approved, the Regional Office must set forth in writing the reasons for disapproval and may propose modifications if appropriate. The applicant may submit the revised application or appropriate revised portions of the application.


Not Applicable.


Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977, Public Law 95-87, 91 Stat. 445-532.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

60 days.


An applicant may appeal OSM's decision not to approve a grant or to reduce or terminate a grant to the Director, OSM, no later than 30 days after the Regional or Field Office official's decision.


Renewal of annual applications required for grants.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

All administration and enforcement grants are for a one year period and are annually renewable. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Information not available.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Annual reports as specified by the agency are required.

SF 425 Federal Financial Report is required.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other non-Federal entity records pertinent to a Federal award must be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report or, for Federal awards that are renewed quarterly or annually, from the date of the submission of the quarterly or annual financial report, respectively, as reported to the Federal awarding agency or pass-through entity in the case of a sub recipient. See 2 CFR Part 200.333 Retention requirements for records for exceptions.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 17 $65,500,000; FY 18 est $65,500,000; and FY 19 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$38,343 to $3,034,757; $615,988. (FY 2017 final distribution not yet awarded.).

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Federal Register, Volume 42, No. 62706, Tuesday, December 13, 1977 and Volume 47, No. 169, Tuesday, August 31, 1982, Volume 48, No. 12, Tuesday, January 18, 1983; and informal agency guidelines titled 'Federal Assistance Manual'

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. See Catalog Appendix IV.

Headquarters Office

Yolande J.C. Norman Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street Ave., N.W. Room 4545, Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Phone: (202) 208-2868 Fax: (202) 219-0239.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Designated agencies that choose to comply with the Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Provisions, Parts 725, 735, and 795 (Federal Register, Vol. 423, No. 239, Tuesday, December 13, 1977, Vol. 47, No. 169, August 31, 1982 and Vol. 48, No. 12,.

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