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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

  • Pursuant to RAM 167, the Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement is requiring all quarterly surface and groundwater monitoring  submissions to be completed on the SME-90E Form. Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement Regional Offices will no longer accept any quarterly submittal other than the SME-90 E Form. This is effective for all Fourth Quarter 2019 data submittals.   Please see RAM 167 for further details.

  • The Department for Natural Resources has been working towards implementation of the new web-based Surface Mining Information System (SMIS). Prior to implementation, the Department wishes to provide training for all users.  Public training has been scheduled for December 16, 2019 at 10:00am to 1:00 pm at 300 Sower Blvd. Frankfort, KY 40601. Please see RAM 168 for further details.

  • 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. 

  • 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 Linda Fischer 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.