Mining and Reclamation Related Organizations
Interstate Mining Compact Commission
The Interstate Mining Compact Commission (IMCC) is composed of the governors of 24 states. Its goal is effective regulatory programs to conserve natural resources and secure a vibrant mineral economy. New York is a member of the IMCC; Matt Podniesinski, Section Chief of the Mined Land Section of the Bureau of Resource Development & Reclamation, represents the Governor on the commission.
A significant portion of IMCC's work is dedicated to the environmental protection issues associated with mineral development. Issues recently pursued by the IMCC include mine waste regulation, ground water and storm water regulations, inactive and abandoned mine reclamation, and zoning and other land use restrictions. The IMCC 2016 Annual Meeting was held in Lake Placid, New York. Discussion topics included the impacts of coal bankruptcies on financial security availability for all types of mining and the proposed OSMRE stream protection rule. A series of noncoal workshops was also proposed.
National Association of State Land Reclamationists
The National Association of State Land Reclamationists (NASLR) is composed of about 17 states with regulatory programs dedicated to restoring lands and waters affected by mining. As a nationally recognized authority on the reclamation of mined lands, NASLR advocates research, innovative technology and professional discourse to foster the restoration environmental resources. All DEC Mined Land Reclamation Specialists are members of NASLR.
NASLR promotes lasting partnerships among state land reclamationists, private mining groups and other interested parties to endorse and sponsor programs that advance the art and science of land reclamation. DEC hosted the 2014 Annual Conference in Newburgh, New York. Technical presentations by national experts and discussions with these leaders provided new ideas and approaches to reclamation and environmental protection.
Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) is a bureau within the United States Department of the Interior. OSMRE is charged with balancing the need for domestic coal production with protection of the environment. While New York is not a coal producing state, the OSMRE website contains abundant information about mitigating the environmental impacts of mining and the reclamation of abandoned mines.