The Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds

OSMRE Releases Rulemaking

Building a Stream Protection Rule
The U.S. Government’s Official Website for the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE). OSMRE’s business practices are to reclaim abandoned mine lands (Title IV), regulate active coal mines (Title V), and apply sound science through technology transfer.

Branden S. Diehl, Grant and Project Consultant for the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds said, “The rule-making, as we understand it, is based on science, and reforms previous rules that were more than 30 years old. In that time, not only have mining practices changed, but so have restoration practices. Mining is still part of our energy portfolio, and it is important that both economic and environmental needs are protected. Based on the rule-making’s Economic Impact Statement (EIS) there will be marginal gains or losses in jobs and other external costs to consumers. As a Pennsylvania nonprofit that provides mine-related, restoration funding, we are pleased that the rule will provide enhanced protection for 6,500 stream miles over the next 20 years.”

July 16 2015 01:31 pm | News

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