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Energy and Environment Cabinet

Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement
What's New

Effective March 16, 2012, the Explosives and Blasting Branch will conduct a review of outstanding penalties for any company requesting a 40,000 pound waiver.  Persons requesting a 40,000 pound waiver should be aware that any unpaid penalties will delay the processing of said requests.  Citations which are in the appeal process will not incur any processing delays.

Reclamation Advisory Memorandum (RAM) #151has been issued by DNR Commissioner Steve Hohmann. RAM 151 deals with electronic submittal of Pre-Blast Surveys. A new affidavit form attesting the survey process was completed has also been added to electronic forms page. (Updated Jan. 17, 2012)

In addition, the SME-80 for Minor Field Revisions is now available for electronic submission and can be found on the Electronic Forms page.  Completion of this form is the same as the application submission already available through the Division of Mine Permits.  The package contains a permittee authorization that must be added as an attachment to the application.

There are new updated DMR forms. One is for the general DMR, and one for the individual DMR. (Updated Sept. 1, 2011)

SME21 and SME22 Electronic Submission -- DMRE is now accepting electronic pond and hollowfill certifications through the Regional Office FTP sites.  SME21 and SME22 forms are available on the DMRE Electronic Forms Web page.  Information on how to submit to the FTP site can be found in the Electronic Submission Guide. The guide includes detailed instructions regarding the proper filing format and naming conventions for electronic certification submittals.

RAM 150 (Reclamation Advisory Memorandum) - This RAM supersedes RAM 149.

The Kentucky Department for Natural Resources (DNR) is providing this document as a service to the regulated community and as a courtesy to the Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Water (DOW). RAM 150 clarifies the contents of the superseded RAM 149.

This memorandum serves to clarify Kentucky Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (KPDES) permitting and Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR) requirements for coal activities. It also includes requirements to provide information about the laboratory that provides KPDES DMR data and SMCRA surface water and groundwater monitoring data for each permit.

RAM 149 (Reclamation Advisory Memorandum) -- KPDES Permits for Coal Mining Activities: Permitting, Reporting and On-site Record-Keeping Requirements. RAM 149 was issued April 1, 2011.  It deals with KPDES requirements and reporting for coal permits. 

This memorandum serves to clarify Kentucky Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (KPDES) permitting and Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR) requirements for coal mining activities. It also includes requirements to provide information about the laboratory that provides KPDES DMR data and SMCRA surface water and groundwater monitoring data for each permit.

Coal DMR (revised April 2011) -- The revised Coal DMR Excel Spreadsheet incorporates changes related to RAM 149 in the DMR Cover Sheet.  Specifically, the codes “NC” for outfalls that have not been constructed, and “REM” for outfalls that have been removed have been added to the list of reporting types, and a field has been added for “Laboratory Name” in the upper left part of the spreadsheet.

Notice of deadline for implementation of new KPDES Permit Requirements 

Effective Aug. 1, 2010, all effluent limitations and reporting requirements of the new KPDES general permit will become effective and enforceable.

Codes  for use on Surface and Groundwater monitoring forms 

RAM 146 (Reclamation Advisory Memorandum) - Service of Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement Documents.  The SME-101 is available in both PDF and Word:

Electronic Water Monitoring Notice

The new KPDES General Coal Permit issued Aug. 1, 2009 mandates that all Discharge Monitoring Reports (DMR) are to be submitted electronically. Electronic submittal will be effective beginning Jan. 1, 2010. In addition, DMRE has implemented a mandatory requirement that all Ground Water and Surface Water Monitoring reports are to be submitted electronically. Click on the link above for the full text.

User Guide for Electronic Submission

KPDES Coal General Permit DMR form and instructions

Water Quality Data Entry Form