Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation (AMLR)

The objectives are to protect the public, health, safety and general welfare, and restore land, water and environmental resources affected by coal and non-coal mining practices that occurred prior to August 3, 1977.




Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: Examples of projects reclaimed include hazardous and/or environmentally damaged features on mined lands, landslides, mine openings, impoundments, dangerous high walls, underground mine fires and burning refuse banks, mine subsidence, coal refuse piles, and acid mine drainage.

Fiscal Year 2018: Information not available.

Fiscal Year 2019: Information not 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 - None.

See Catalog Appendix IV for addresses.
Website Address

http://www.osmre.gov




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Kentucky Natural Resources And Environmental $ 16,464,521   2001-03-072030-06-06
Environmental Quality, Wyoming Department Of $ 91,340,088   2018-07-012028-06-30
Environmental Quality, Wyoming Department Of $ 39,407,671   2017-07-012027-06-30
Environmental Quality, Wyoming Department Of $ 294,771,417   2016-05-012026-06-30
Environmental Quality, Wyoming Department Of $ 49,919,804   2015-07-012025-06-30
Environmental Quality, Wyoming Department Of $ 26,920,000   2014-07-012024-06-30
Environmental Quality, Wyoming Department Of $ 14,235,000   2013-07-012023-06-30
Hopi Tribe $ 0   2010-09-012022-08-31
Hopi Tribe $ 2,831,744   2012-09-012022-08-31
Hopi Tribe $ 1,310,545   2015-09-012022-08-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: Since 1978, the AML grants have accelerate the completion of priority abandoned coal problems and restored to productive use land for agriculture, wildlife habitat and development. Mine site reclamation has also safeguards people and property, and revitalizes communities by creating jobs. Fiscal Year 2018: Information not available. Fiscal Year 2019: Information not available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants are awarded to 25 coal-producing states and three Indian tribes to support the operation of an approved state or tribal Abandoned Mine Land (AML) reclamation program.

Approved programs use grant funds provides for the restoration of eligible lands and waters mined and abandoned or left inadequately restored.

Most of the lands and water eligible for reclamation under this authority are those which were mined or affected by mining and abandoned or left in an inadequate reclamation status prior to August 3, 1977 and for which there is no continuing reclamation responsibility under State or other Federal laws.

A limited number of legacy sites mined after August 3, 1977 and abandoned before November 5, 1990 for which the surety bonds responsible for the reclamation of the site became insolvent.

Uses of the grants support project design and AML reclamation activities, which may include abating emergency mining-related dangers to public health and safety; restoring water supply facilities impacted by coal mining; setting aside funds in a trust account to fund future acid mine drainage treatment and inventorying mining problems.

Approved programs that have certified completion for reclaiming all their inventoried coal problems on lands within their jurisdiction may use funds for non-coal coal reclamation activities as authorized under SMCRA.

Additionally, The AML Pilot Program shall be used for economic and community development in conjunction with the priorities found in section 403(a) of the Surface Mining control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA) is limited to eligible Appalachian States and Federally recognized Indian Tribes as authorized under the Appropriation law.

Restrictions can be referenced in the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977, Public Law 95-87, as amended, 91 Stat.

445-532.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The AML program is restricted to states with (1) an approved coal mining regulatory program, (2) lands eligible for reclamation, and (3) active coal mining operations within their borders that are paying coal reclamation fees into the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund; and to Federally-recognized Indian tribes with (4) eligible lands, and (5) active mining operations paying fees into the Fund.

An eligible state or Indian tribe may submit a reclamation plan to the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) for approval.

The AML Pilot Program is restricted to six Appalachian states with the highest amount of inventoried priority coal problems as described in paragraphs (1) and (2) of section 403(a) of SMCRA.

In addition AML Pilot funds are also available to Federally recognized Indian Tribes without regards for their certified or uncertified status under SMCRA.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Citizens and the general public are protected from physical hazards and benefit from the reclamation of abandoned mine lands and polluted waters by reducing exposure to safety and health risks.

Credentials/Documentation

The Secretary of Interior must approve a state or tribal Indian reclamation plan. AML grants must be approved by an authorized official of the appropriate OSMRE regional or field office. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Environmental clearance actions for each individual reclamation project are completed as part of the recipient's request for OSM's approval of the Authorization to proceed, which is the point of federal action for that reclamation project.

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. Applicants must use the SF-424 series in accordance with 2 CFR Part 215.12. Applications must be submitted to their appropriate regional office.

Award Procedures

The regional office must act upon a grant application within 60 days of submittal of a complete application (An exception is for certified States that submit AML grant applications in which OSMRE must complete its review within 30 days). All applications will be initially screened for eligibility and compliance with the requirements stated notice of funding opportunity. All timely submitted and qualified proposals are reviewed by an OSMRE selection panel. Applications will be rated based on established criteria used to evaluate merit as outlined in Notice of Funding Opportunity. Applicants may undergo a site visit. The OSMRE Field Directors or his/her designee approves and awards cooperative agreements for this program. If the application is not approved, the regional office must provide the reasons for disapproval in writing.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977, Public Law 95-87, as amended, 91 Stat. 445-532. Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 Division G, Title I, Public Law 114-113.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days. The application deadline will be 60 days from the initial posting date in www.Grants.gov. Office of Surface Mining, Division of Reclamation Support, Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, NW., Washington, DC 20240. Contact: Chief, Division of Reclamation Support. Telephone: (202) 208-2868. Telefax: (202) 219-0239.

Appeals

An applicant may appeal the OSMRE decision not to approve a grant or to reduce or terminate a grant to the Director, OSMRE, no later than 30 days after the disapproval action.

Renewals

Renewals are not applicable; Each recipient grantee may apply for non-funded extensions of time as necessary to complete the project up to one year.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Public Law 95-87. Grants are 100 percent federally funded. The AML Grants are mandatory and are not subject to annual fiscal year appropriation limitations. Available funding for AML Grants is calculated using a distribution formula. The distribution formula is based on annual reclamation fee collections and historical coal production. Source of funding is provided from the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund and from the General Fund of the Treasury. Additionally, grants under the AML Pilot Program are distributed in accordance with the appropriation law to eligible Appalachian states and Federally recognized Indian Tribes. AML Pilot grants are not based on a distribution formula but instead based amounts specified by Congress in the appropriation which may vary. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grant periods are variable; however, funds for reclamation construction activities should normally be expended within three years after award. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Information not available.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Contact Office of Surface Mining, Division of Reclamation Support, Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, NW., Washington, DC 20240.

Contact: Chief, Division of Reclamation Support.

Telephone: (202) 208-2868.

Telefax: (202) 219-0239.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Contact Office of Surface Mining, Division of Reclamation Support, Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, NW., Washington, DC 20240.

Contact: Chief, Division of Reclamation Support.

Telephone: (202) 208-2868.

Telefax: (202) 219-0239.

The Federal Financial Report, SF 425 is required.

Contact Office of Surface Mining, Division of Reclamation Support, Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, NW., Washington, DC 20240.

Contact: Chief, Division of Reclamation Support.

Telephone: (202) 208-2868.

Telefax: (202) 219-0239.

Audits

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.

Records

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; If any litigation, claim, or audit is started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until all litigation, claims, or audit findings involving the records have been resolved and final action taken, in accordance with 2 CFR Part 200 Subpart D 200.333.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-5015-0-1-999; 14-5015-0-2-999; 14-1804-0-1-551; 14-1803-0-1-999.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 17 $321,979,595; FY 18 est $327,600,000; and FY 19 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The range of financial assistance is $126,440 to $97,794,527; $11,499,.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

General regulations are found in Title 30, Code of Federal Regulations, and Parts 870-887. ?Final Guidelines for Reclamation Programs and Projects?, 66 Federal Register, 31250, June 11, 2001.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None. See Catalog Appendix IV for addresses.

Headquarters Office

Chief, Office of Surface Mining, Division of Reclamation Support, Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, NW., , Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Phone: (202) 208-2868 Fax: (202) 219-0239

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Selection criteria are outlined in Section 403 and 411 of Public Law 95-87, cited Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Program regulations, and approved state/tribal reclamation plans. States and Indian tribes must have an approved SMCRA regulatory (Title V) program and an approved reclamation (Title IV) program to be eligible to receive mandatory AML funding.



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