Coalition Building

Partnerships that make EPCAMR thrive. EPCAMR acts as a liaison between the following entities to reclaim land and remediate water:

Federal Government

  • Office of Surface Mining (OSM) – Federal agency responsible for overseeing state mining programs
    •  The Surface Mining Control & Reclamation Act (SMCRA) of 1977, that established current mining and reclamation standards, created the Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Trust Fund, provided for emergency response to states when necessary
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – Federal agency responsible for overseeing state environmental programs, such as air and water pollution programs
    • Provides grants to states for various environmental cleanup projects
    • Pennsylvania receives EPA funds for abandoned mine drainage projects

State Government 

  • Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) – State agency responsible for enacting state environmental programs with several bureaus
    • Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation (BAMR) manages PA abandoned mine reclamation programs and an orphaned well-plugging program
    • District Mining Offices enforce laws that ensure present and future restoration of mines and well sites
    • Bureau of Watershed Management limits and deals with pollution entering PA waterways and lakes

Other Federal/State Agencies

  • Coordinate abandoned mine land reclamation efforts with OSM, EPA, and PA DEP
    • U.S. Department of Labor Mining Safety & Health Administration
    • U.S. Geological Survey
    • Army Corps of Engineers
    • Natural Resource Conservation Service
    • National Fish & Wildlife Federation
    • Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission
    • Pennsylvania Game Commission
    • Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
    • National Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation
    • National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Programs

The Active Industry

  • Industries currently mining, re-mining, and reclaiming land
    • Re-mining the remaining coal from abandoned mine lands and reclaiming the land – 3,400 acres of re-mining was started by mining companies in 1997
    • Industry reclaims abandoned mine lands 7x faster than the State PG
    • Co-generation facilities are able to turn waste coal, culm, into electric energy

Watershed Groups and Community Organizations

  • Grassroots efforts to monitor and clean up local waterways
    • Receive federal/state assistance to carry out abandoned mine drainage projects and reclamation in their watersheds
    • Over 50 groups in Eastern Pennsylvania partner with DEP, EPCAMR, WPCAMR, and others to get work accomplished

County Conservation Districts

  •  Advocates for local environmental interests, county by county
    • Help DEP and others plan/carry out abandoned mine reclamation
    • Prioritize reclamation activities in their counties
    • Act as financial administrators and co-sponsors for watershed grants

Colleges & Universities

  •  Help others involved with reclamation activities by:
    • Conducting research on environmental problems
    • Encouraging public debate about environmental issues
    • Helping solve problems through technical assistance and new methods
    • Providing interns to work with organizations and gain real world work experience

Nonprofit Organizations

  • Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation (EPCAMR)
  • Western Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation (WPCAMR)
    • Combined, cover 47 counties in Pennsylvania
    • Grassroots groups cleaning up Pennsylvania’s abandoned mine land problem
    • Work closely with government to come up with workable solutions
    • Educate communities and schools on reclamation issues

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