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Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement

The Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement (DMRE) is responsible for inspecting all surface and underground coal mining permits in the state to assure compliance with the 1977 Federal Surface Mining Control Act (SMCRA).

The DMRE is also responsible for regulating and enforcing the surface mining reclamation laws for non-coal mining sites in the state, including limestone, sand, gravel, shale and the surface effects of dredging river sand and gravel.

The DMRE is one of three agencies within the Department for Natural Resources (DNR) responsible for administering Kentucky's mining, reclamation, and abandoned mine land laws. The DMRE works closely with the Division of Mine Permits and the Division of Abandoned Mine Lands to ensure that all established standards of operation are addressed and that the public and the environment are protected.

Notices to Industry


  • The Assessments and Records Section and the Bond Release and Forfeiture Section have been combined in a reorganization effective on Oct. 16, 2013 to form the Assessments and Bonding Section. Bill Baldridge is the supervisor of the combined section. 

  • The Kentucky Reclamation Guaranty Fund was established to ensure adequate bonding for mine reclamation in the event of bond forfeiture.  Important information concerning the implementation of the fund can be found in this document, The Kentucky Reclamation Guaranty Fund Letter. Questions should be directed to Keith Smith or Mark Thompson by calling 502-564-6940 or via e-mail at Keith.Smith@ky.gov or Mark.Thompson2@ky.gov

  • DMRE now accepts bond release submittals electronically.  The forms needed can be found by opening the SME-87A Application for Permanent Program Bond Release zip file.  Two files are included: the SMP-87A electronic form and the permittee signature page. If additional plantings have occurred since Phase I, the SMP-23 will need to be included as an additional attachment. Please sign the permittee signature page and attach it to the SMP-87A form.

  • Consult the electronic submission user guide for naming conventions.  You will also find instructions for submitting the electronic forms to the DMRE regional office FTP site.

  • Archived Notices to Industry prior to 2013