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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.​

2020 AML Pilot Program ​

The 2020 AML Pilot Program will accept applications from June 1st thru August 1st.
For more information or questions, please contact Justin Adams or James Cable
or by mail at:  KY Division of Abandoned Mine Lands, 300 Sower Blvd., Frankfort, KY 40601.


Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands

Economic and Community Development Pilot Program

Monday, June 8  -  New guidelines were issued to AML on requirements for in person meetings from the Governor’s office.  We will not be able to meet those guidelines on short notice.

The in-person workshops have been cancelled.

Workshops will meet in a Go To Meeting format.  Each meeting will be limited to 110 attendees.  First come first serve, for the event.  There will be four in the month of June, on every Tuesday. 

Please find the link to the next event below.

AML Pilot Workshop 

Hosted by CVADD

Tue, Jun 30, 2020 10 AM - 12 PM (EDT) 

Due to demand and concerns related to Covid-19, these will be online only Workshops hosted via GoToMeeting. Anyone planning to attend these workshops should pre-register at the link below. Prior to the workshop beginning, an access code, links and dial in number will be emailed to registrants.

Please join our meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (312) 757-3121

Access Code: 261-436-013

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:

If you have any questions please contact

Grant Workshop

The Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands facilitates the distribution of federally funded AML Pilot Grants. These grants are geared toward economic and community development with correlations to historic, AML eligible, mine sites. Anyone interested in applying for an AML Pilot Grant in 2020 is encouraged to attend.

Grant Workshop Information Flyer

DNR Division of Abandoned Mine Lands l 300 Sower Blvd 2nd Floor l Frankfort, KY 40601

502-564-2141 (Telephone) l 502-564-4245 (Fax) l Email: KY AML