Facing Federal Action, Kentucky Moves to Increase Reclamation Bonds for Surface Mines

Coal companies will have to pay more to mine coal in Kentucky under new regulations issued by the Energy and Environment cabinet. The state took action after the federal government threatened to take over the state’s surface mining program. When companies begin mining, they’re required to give the state a bond that will only be […]

More Federal Oversight of Surface Mines Proposed

The federal Office of Surface Mining has announced its proposals for strengthening oversight of strip mining to protect the environment in Appalachian coal states. One proposal is to conduct so-called “independent” inspections of state-permitted mines.