A guide to State programs for the reclamation of surface mined areas

Circular 731
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During 1975 inquiries of agencies in each State and review of State statutes and related administrative codes revealed that 38 States have established programs requiring the reclamation of surface mined lands. Results of analyses of those programs and ancillary data are presented in : (1) A table (matrix) which has been designed for the notation and elaboration of information pertaining to the mined-area reclamation programs of the 50 States; (2) a primer on surface mining activities and related reclamation practices and problems; and (3) a listing of types of non-Federal governmental controls applicable to reclamation. Interpretations of the status and content of State programs suggest that although a common thread runs through State statutory language, administrative requirements vary from State to State in order to meet different natural, economic, social, and political considerations. A general trend is seen in State programs toward the requiring of an integration of landuse planning and mine planning, with increased local governmental involvement.

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title A guide to State programs for the reclamation of surface mined areas
Series title Circular
Series number 731
DOI 10.3133/cir731
Year Published 1976
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Description v, 33 p.