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Nominations open for OSMRE’s Annual Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Reclamation Awards

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The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) is soliciting nominations for its 2017 active coal mine reclamation awards. The Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Reclamation Awards honours coal mine operators that go beyond reclamation requirements and best practices in the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to restore active mine sites. Coal companies, regulatory authorities, state or Federal mine inspectors, interest groups, or landowners may submit nominations. Company officials and employees may nominate their own operations.

Previous winners often introduce or refine innovative techniques to achieve superior results in returning a site to productive use after the completion of mining.

Previous projects have showcased the benefits of reforestation in reclaiming mined areas; techniques that shape the land to more closely resemble the appearance and function of the area before mining. By raising the profile of successful reclamation techniques, the awards programmes demonstrate to regulators, as well as mine operators, the feasibility of such methods.

OSMRE and its sponsoring partner, the National Mining Association, will present the Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Reclamation Awards on Monday, 6 November, 2017 at the Renaissance Washington Hotel in Washington, DC.

The deadline to submit Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Reclamation Awards nominations is 26 May, 2017.

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