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Division of Abandoned Mine Lands

The Division of Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) works throughout the state’s coal fields to protect the public from health and safety problems caused by mining that occurred prior to 1982.

Examples of hazards that can be found on abandoned mine sites are landslides, water-filled pits, open mine portals and dilapidated equipment and buildings. The division restores these degraded sites to a safe and environmentally stable condition through a process known as reclamation.

The division also administers a bond forfeiture reclamation program. Before coal companies begin mining at a site, they must post a reclamation bond. A company's bond may be forfeited to the Commonwealth if the company fails to mine and reclaim a site to the standards specified in its mining permit. The forfeited funds are used by the state to reclaim the site for which the bond was posted.

AML also administers a water supply replacement program. The division extends waterlines into areas where drinking water has been contaminated by past mining.

The division’s AML program is 100 percent funded by the federal government. The federal government gets its funding for AML programs by collecting a fee on every ton of coal produced by mining operations nationwide. The division has a central office in Frankfort and field offices in Prestonsburg, London, Madisonville and Hazard.  ​​​​



Solicitation for Public Comment - Blackstorm Energy Enhancement Rule Project 
by Enzweiler, Ben (EEC)No presence information
 11/26/2018 11:25 AM

​The Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mines (KYDAML) is soliciting public comment on a proposed Abandoned Mine Land Enhancement Rule Reclamation Project near the community of Payne Gap, in Letcher County.  The project is being proposed pursuant to guidelines...

2018 AML Pilot Program 
by Enzweiler, Ben (EEC)No presence information
 11/21/2018 4:31 PM

The Division of Abandoned Mine Lands is now accepting applications for the 2018 AML Pilot Program. ​​​Application forms for project submittals can be found on the 2018 KY AML Pilot Program page and the News and Events page. For more information or questions,...

WANTED - Locations To Place Fill In Eastern Kentucky 
by Enzweiler, Ben (EEC)No presence information
 2/3/2016 12:24 PM
The Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands (DAML) is seeking locations in eastern Kentucky to place fill material. DAML reclamation projects often generate large quantities of earth and rock suitable for fill material. DAML will generate, deliver,...


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