Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Program

The Surface Mining Unit is the agency responsible for the reclamation of abandoned coal mines in Kansas under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (P.L. 95-87). To this end, federal funds are available through the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement for the reclamation of past mining problems which are hazardous to the health, safety, and general welfare of the public. Reclamation includes the following construction activities; land clearing, backfilling and grading, erosion and site drainage control, guardrail and fence installation, demolition and disposal, and revegetation.

Kansas currently has over 350 abandoned coal mine sites identified with health and safety problems. The cost to reclaim all problems on the inventory is over 800 million dollars.

Before

Frontenac City Park Before Work of Surface Mining Unit

After

Frontenac City Park After Work of Surface Mining Unit