Mining in Alabama

The mission of this division is to ensure compliance with mine safety and non-fuel mining requirements and to restore land and water resources which have been adversely affected by past mining practices.

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) Grant

Each employer must keep on premises an Employee Information Form, Proof of Age, and Time Records showing the number of hours worked each day, starting and ending times, and break times for each employee 18 years of age and younger. Acceptable Proof of Age: A Copy of a birth certificate, driver’s license, or identification card issued by a federal, state, or local government agency provided the ID card includes the employee’s name and date of birth. Employers who chose not to use the Employee Information Form must keep a separate file for each employee 18 and younger which includes the following information: The employee’s name, address, telephone number, date of birth, date of hire, proof of age, school of attendance, and time records.

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Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization (AMLER) Grant

Congress has appropriated funding for the Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization (AMLER) Program (previously known as the AML Pilot Program) on an annual basis since Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. The intent of the program is to explore and implement strategies that return legacy coal mining sites to productive uses through economic and community development. The AMLER Program supports local investment opportunities that provid for sustainable long-term rehabilitation of coalfield economies. The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) administers the AMLER Program and provides eligible states and Tribes with AMLER grants and guidance on project eligibility criteria and reporting requirements.

Find more information on the AMLER grants process here.

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Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA)

SMCRA defines lands and waters that are eligible for reclamation as:
Lands and waters which were mined for, or which were affected by such mining, coal processing, or other coal mining processes and abandoned or left in an inadequate reclamation status prior to Aug. 3, 1977, and for which there is no continuing reclamation responsibility under state or federal laws.

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Traditional AML Fee Based Grant

AML funding is provided to Alabama through grants from the federal OSMRE. SMCRA requires that active coal operators pay an AML fee on each ton of coal mined. OSMRE collects the fee and distributes it through annual grants to the AML states and tribes according to a distribution formula established in the law.

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Benefit Rights and Responsibilities

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Dustin W. Morin
Inspections Division
Abandoned Mine Land Reclaimation
Surface Mining of Non-fuel Minerals
Birmingham, AL
334-945-8685 Fax

James R. West
Mine Safety and Inspection
Birmingham, AL
205-944-1078 Fax