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Blackstorm Energy Enhancement Rule Project - Solicitation for Public Comment

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 in 30 CFR 874.17, and the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Plan. The Division will accept comments from the public until close of business on December 19, 2018.  Any person or group may submit comments in writing through the United States Postal Service or via email.

The project involves a proposed cooperative reclamation effort between the Kentucky Department for Natural Resources (DNR) and a contractor to remove coal refuse material from an abandoned coal refuse dump.  The refuse material was deposited by previous pre-law mining operations.  The project proposes to remove the refuse material using suitable equipment and transport it to a local permitted preparation plant.

After refuse removal operations are completed, the former dump area will be regraded and revegetated in a manner described in the project narrative.

Click on the links below to view a project description and maps.
Blackstorm Energy Enhancement - AML Reclamation Project Description
Blackstorm Energy Enhancement - Project Limits
Blackstorm Energy Enhancement - Project Overview Map

Or call (502) 782-6659 and request to have a copy of the project mailed to you.

Comments may be mailed to:
Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands
Attn: Bill Overman - Blackstorm Energy ENH AMLRP
300 Sower Blvd.
Frankfort, KY 40601

Comments may be e-mailed to:
Bill Overman, Keith Coleman or Ryan Howell
Put “Blackstorm Energy Enhancement AML Reclamation Project” in the subject line of the e-mail.

2018 AML Pilot Program
The Division of Abandoned Mine Lands is now accepting applications for the 2018 AML Pilot Program. For more information or questions, please contact Bob Scott at 502-782-6761, by e-mail at or by mail at KY Division of Abandoned Mine Lands, 300 Sower Blvd., Frankfort, KY 40601.
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Applications will be accepted until December 19, 2018

The purpose of this guidance document is to provide State/Tribal AML Programs with general criteria by which potential projects will be evaluated for eligibility and successful selection. This guidance is intended to ensure that projects meet the economic and community development nexus criteria, as the current AML program does not require such criteria. As such, the AML Pilot Program offers a non traditional approach to the reclamation of impacted mine lands. A uniform approach is not expected in every State/Tribe; however, this guidance is intended to assist States/Tribes in their selection of projects.

State/Tribal AML Programs are encouraged to collaborate with their respective State/Tribal and local economic development authorities and local communities to identify potential projects and apply funds from the AML Pilot to projects that will offer the greatest benefits for communities. The AML Pilot offers States, Tribes, and local communities flexibility in deciding which projects offer the greatest opportunities within their communities.

Guidelines for the FY 2018 Pilot grants on OSMRE's website (

•    In the Omnibus Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2016 signed by President Obama, three Appalachian States were designated to receive $30 million dollars per state as part of a Pilot Project for economic revitalization. These supplemental grants for Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky are for reclamation of AML sites in conjunction with economic and community development and reuse goals.
•    In the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 signed by President Trump, the three original Pilot Program Appalachian States (Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky) were designated to receive an additional $25 million dollars per state. Three additional states (Alabama, Ohio, and Virginia) received $10 million per state.
•    All funding for the two years of pilot program grants was appropriated from the federal General Fund.  No AML funds were utilized for the granted amounts.
AML’s role in the Pilot Program includes:
•    Implementation and distribution of the Economic and Community Development grants
•    Facilitation of potential grantees through the State application process
•    Selection of viable proposals from the submitted applications and review for adherence to the program guidelines
•    Provision of oversight for selected projects after approval

Previous Recipients of AML Pilot Program Grants

eKAMI - eKentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute
Johnson County - $2.5 Million Grant
Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) skills training program for up to 100 students per year to be certified by the National Institute of Metalworking Skills for CNC Machinists with HAAS Automation Inc.

Appalachian Wildlife Center
Bell County - $12.5 Million Grant
Estimated $32 Million in total investment
Create a wildlife viewing area with elk as the primary attraction, with a visitor and learning center located on a 12,000 acre tract of land.

Kentucky Enterprise Park - Spec Building
Pike County - $5 million Grant
Construction of a 60,000 square foot spec building at the Pikeville Industrial Park, with the intent to demonstrate what the park has to offer to potential businesses and act as a cornerstone for development. The building found a tenant prior to construction.  SilverLiner, manufacturer of custom tanker trucks will occupy the site immediately upon completion.

Impact Outdoor Adventures
Clay County - $500,000 Grant
Focusing on development of an outdoor adventure park for camping, mountain bikes, archery center and equine center. Adjoins 15 miles of existing trails on a 47 acre tract donated by the Clay County Industrial Board.


The Abandoned Mine Land fund should not be treated as a slush fund

Big money attracts big interests in Washington, D.C. The Abandoned Mine Land fund (AML), which collects and disburses billions of dollars to reclaim abandoned coal mines, is no exception.

Congress, unions and other special interests have repeatedly attempted to tap into the fund’s large reserves for their own benefit. Congress is currently attempting to throw funding mean for abandoned mines toward “economic revitalization,” which would threaten the fund’s reclamation objective. Vigilant resistance to these changes is the only thing preventing the AML from turning into a slush fund.


WANTED - Locations To Place Fill In Eastern Kentucky

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, place, grade and revegetate the material for the landowner free of charge. All work is supervised by DAML engineering personnel who will also obtain any necessary permits. Suitable locations are previously disturbed areas, approximately one acre or larger, relatively level, outside the floodplain and void of trees. Previously mined areas are ideal. Contact Robert Cammack or Samantha Hall at 502-564-2141 if you are interested.