Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation

The Job of the AML
The State of Alabama Department of Labor Abandoned Mine Reclamation Program (AML) is responsible for resolving problems such as mine fires, mind subsidence, dangerous highwalls, open shafts and portals, mining-impacted water supplies and other hazards which have resulted from past coal mining (pree-1977) practices in accordance with requirements established by the federal Office of Surface Mining under authority of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA).

Economic Benefits

In addition to the obvious benefits to Alabama through the elimination of mine-related safety hazards and improvements to the environment, the program has impacted positively on local economies as dollars are spent on reclamation work.

Reporting an Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Emergency Problem

Abandoned Mine Land emergencies are hazards that occur suddenly and present an immediate threat to the public health and safety. They are caused by abandoned underground or surface coal mines and need immediate attention.

Alabama Mine Map Repository

The State Of Alabama Department of Labor’s Abandoned Mine Reclamation Program maintains and provides digital access to the Alabama Mine Map Repository for Underground Mines. Directory of Underground Mine Maps The Repository is digitally archived in our Irondale, Alabama Office and consists primarily of underground coal mine maps with a few selected underground metal ore* mine maps as well. The Repository is managed by our GIS Professional and all maps have been geo-referenced. Please be advised that copies of the underground mine maps are unavailable to the public pursuant to State Coal Mining Laws (Ala. Code §§ 25-9-300 through 25-9-304). *Metal ore mine maps are not subject to this restriction. An appointment is required to review the available maps. The Underground Mine Map Repository can be reviewed at: The Alabama Department of Labor Abandoned Mine Reclamation Office 4351 Crescent Drive Irondale, Alabama

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Les Kearly, PE
AML Supervisor
Alabama Department of Labor Abandoned Land Reclamation Program
1400 Urban Center Drive, Suite 200
Vestavia Hills, Alabama 35242
Office Phone: 205-945-8671
Direct Line: 205-582-5182
Fax: 205-945-8685


For Emergencies such as subsidence and gob fires please call: 205-582-5182*
After hours and weekends call: 256-452-1054*
*Please do not e-mail in case of an emergency