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Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Reclamation > Mine Regulation > Enforcement Enforcement

The Regulatory Program oversees active coal mining operations and the reclamation of the land by the mining company after the coal has been extracted. The program has two main work units: The Inspections and Enforcement Section and the Technical Services Section.

The Regulatory Program has the unique and difficult responsibility of regulating the coal mining industry in a way which strikes a balance between protection of society and the environment while providing the nation's need for coal as an essential energy source, and promoting the development of Indiana's natural resources.

Responsibilities of the Inspections and Enforcement Section include reviewing permit applications, amendments, revisions, land use changes and requests for bond release. A Reclamation Specialist is the highly trained professional responsible for both permitting and compliance with all mining rules at the  mine site. Reclamation Specialists monitor mining operations from the time the permit is issued until the last acres are reclaimed and bond is released . Emphasis is placed upon proper operation and control of impacts on topsoil, surface water, groundwater, re-grading, revegetation, blasting, toxic materials handling, coal processing waste disposal and subsidence associated with underground mining.