Abandoned Mine Land Program
Reclamation Work in Kansas
The photos depict abandoned mine land before and after reclamation work. The site now includes a pond and a gravel parking area, and the land is being used as a wildlife area managed by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP).
About the Surface Mining Unit
The Surface Mining Unit is responsible for the reclamation of abandoned coal mines in Kansas under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (P.L. 95-87). Federal funds are available through the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement for the reclamation of past mining problems that are hazardous to the health, safety, and general welfare of the public. Abandoned Mine Land (AML) reclamation includes the following construction activities:
- land clearing
- backfilling and grading
- erosion and site drainage control
- guardrail and fence installation
- demolition and disposal
Future Abandoned Mine Land Projects & Public Comment
Abandoned mine land reclamation projects are designed to alleviate health, safety, and environmental problems created by coal mines abandoned prior to August 3, 1977. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment plans to reclaim the following Abandoned Mine Land (AML) sites and will be submitting them to the Federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement for funding consideration:
- 250th-Orender/Stotts-Russian/White-Fast AML — Approximately 35 acres in Crawford County
- Garrett’s Corner AML — Approximately 30 acres in Crawford County
- McKinnis AML — Approximately 55 acres in Bourbon County
- Weir Subsidence AML — Approximately 150 acres in Cherokee County
- Scammon Subsidence AML — Approximately 135 acres in Cherokee County
- Garrison Cemetery AML — Approximately 10 acres in Cherokee County
- South Arma AML — Approximately 70 acres in Crawford County
- Sundberg AML — Approximately 45 acres in Osage County
- Hessert AML — Approximately 55 acres in Crawford County
- N69 Bypass AML — Approximately 8 acres in Crawford County
- Barnes AML — Approximately 15 acres in Crawford County
Priority features to be mitigated through reclamation include but are not limited to dangerous highwalls, vertical openings, subsidence, spoil area, dangerous piles and embankments, hazardous water bodies, clogged streams, and industrial/residential waste removal.
How to Provide Feedback
These projects are open to public comment. Contact the Surface Mining Unit at 620-231-8540 or email the team.
La noticia anterior se refiere al Programa de Minería de Superficie para recuperación de tierras de minas de carbón abandonadas en el Estado de Kansas. Si desea obtener más información en español o si tiene otras preguntas, por favor comuníquese con el Coordinador de No Discriminación de KDHE al 785-296-5156 o correo electrónico.
Abandoned Mine Land Inventory
Kansas has more than 350 abandoned coal mine sites identified with health and safety problems. To learn more about abandoned mine land across the U.S., view the Abandoned Mine Land Inventory System. The cost to reclaim all problems on the inventory is over 800 million dollars.