Restoration project works to decontaminate Belt Creek water

BELT – Montana’s history of mining from a century ago has left the state with a toxic legacy that officials continue to deal with. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has an inventory of 3,000 abandoned mines, including an old mine that’s spilling 165 gallons of polluted water a minute into a creek just outside the […]

AML Program receives high marks from federal oversight agency

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Abandoned Mine Land Division (AML) recently received its Annual Evaluation Summary Report from the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE). Within the evaluation, OSMRE praised Wyoming’s AML program. The report said: “The State administers a superior AML program in full compliance with its approved AMLR (Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation) […]

DEP Earns National Mine Reclamation Award for Enhancing Safety, Boosting Local Economic Impact of ATV Trail While Restoring Part of Sproul State Forest

Harrisburg, PA – A recent abandoned mine reclamation project by the Department of Environmental Protection with significant community and environmental benefits has been chosen by the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) for its top honor: the 2017 Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Reclamation National Award. The “Huling Branch AML Reclamation, ATV Recreation, and […]