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The Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement (DMRE) is responsible for inspecting all surface and underground coal mining permits in the state to assure compliance with the 1977 Federal Surface Mining Control Act (SMCRA).

The DMRE is also responsible for regulating and enforcing the surface mining reclamation laws for non-coal mining sites in the state, including limestone, sand, gravel, shale and the surface effects of dredging river sand and gravel.

The DMRE is one of three agencies within the Department for Natural Resources (DNR) responsible for administering Kentucky's mining, reclamation, and abandoned mine land laws. The DMRE works closely with the Division of Mine Permits and the Division of Abandoned Mine Lands to ensure that all established standards of operation are addressed and that the public and the environment are protected.

Notices to Industry

  • The Middlesboro Regional Office is currently experiencing telephone issues. We are working diligently to resolve the issues. Please contact Lonis Morgan at 606- 269-7035 if you need assistance. Thank you your patience and we apologize for any inconvenience.

  • On February 25, 2019, DMRE personnel provided industry-wide training for the new SME-90 E-form.  A link to the E Form website is located within the DMRE Forms Library and at https://dep.gateway.ky.gov/eForms/Account/Home.aspx . In addition, all training and manuals provided at the Industry-wide training are provided in the SME-90 E Form folder located in the DMRE Forms Library. If you have any questions regarding the training, please do no hesitate to contact Jay Cunningham at 502-782-6591 or jay.cunningham@ky.gov

  • In the fall of 2018 the Department for Natural Resources, Division of Mine Reclamation & Enforcement was approved for a structural reorganization that abolished the London Regional Office, closed the Prestonsburg Regional Office and approved a new Eastern Kentucky office location in Hazard, Kentucky.  The Hazard Branch Office will officially open on January 22, 2019.  See RAM 166  and regional inspection boundaries for additional information including revised regional inspection boundaries and branch office contact information.
  • As of March 1, 2018, due to recent required security updates, all SME90 applications must be submitted on Version 8.0.  As a result of the security implementations in Version 8.0, submittals on previous versions of the SME90 can no longer be accepted. Please upload Version 8.0 prior to submitting quarterly surface and groundwater monitoring reports to regional offices.
  • The 2017 Excellence in Reclamation Award was presented to Peter Cave Mining.
  • The Department for Natural Resources has created a new Access-based SME-90 form for reporting active surface and ground water monitoring data.  The new form contains the same informational fields as the previous Word-based Water Quality Data Entry form and is designed to interface with DNR’s Surface Mining Information System (SMIS) database so that users can download a list of permitted monitoring points from SMIS and upload monitoring data on a point by point basis.  The SME-90 application and User Guide for multiple users and single users are available for download at these links.

Please note that the SME-90 is only for active surface and ground water monitoring required by 405 KAR 16:110 / 18:110.  Discharge Monitoring Reports required by KPDES permits should be submitted as directed by the Division of Water.  For questions concerning surface and ground water monitoring submission requirements, please contact Jay Cunningham in the Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement.  For help with technical aspects of the new SME-90 form, please contact Jim Neal in the Division ofInformation Services.  For questions regarding permitted water monitoring points as listed in the permit application or Surface Mining Information System, please contact Thomas Barbour in the Division of Mine Permits.