OFFICE OF SURFACE MINING RECLAMATION AND ENFORCEMENT by SMRE

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									   OFFICE OF SURFACE MINING
RECLAMATION AND ENFORCEMENT



     Annual Evaluation Summary Report

                       for the

          Coal Regulatory Program

  Administered by the Land Quality Division

                        of the

Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality

                         For

             Evaluation Year 2001

        (October 1, 2000 to September 30, 2001 )




                    February 8, 2002
                                      (Cover photo – Bighorn Mine, 1997)




                             TABLE OF CONTENTS
                             TABLE OF CONTENTS
I.     Introduction ......................................................................................................... 1

II.    Overview of Coal Mining Industry .................................................................... 2

III.   Overview of Public Participation in the Program ............................................ 2

IV.    Major Accomplishments/Issues/Innovations .................................................... 3

V.     Success in Achieving the Purposes of SMCRA ................................................. 5

       A.         Off-site Impacts ........................................................................................ 6

       B.         Bond release ............................................................................................. 6

       C.         Reclamation Success ................................................................................ 6

VI.    OSM Assistance .................................................................................................... 7

VII.   General Oversight Topic Reviews .................................................................... 10

Appendix A: Tabular Summary of Core Data to Characterize the Program

Appendix B: State Comments on the Report

Appendix C: CFO Responses to State Comments

								
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