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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.

  • Sept. 5, 2012: A final reminder that all fields on the Water Quality Data Entry Form for surface and groundwater monitoring reports are required to be completed, with the exception of the UTM Easting and UTM Northing codes when latitude and longitude coordinates are given. Failure to complete all required fields on surface and groundwater monitoring reports will result in a non-correctable non-compliance under 405 KAR 16.110/18:110 (water monitoring). Read the SW GW Report Requirements Notice.

  • In an effort to simplify the submittal process of the SMP-61s and to expedite their review, the Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement will require submission of these documents in electronic format. All SMP-61s, if submitted to the regional offices, will be required to be submitted in electronic format beginning Aug. 16, 2012. Any questions should be directed to Raymond Hudson or Wes Jones at 502-564-2340.

  • 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 that are in the appeal process will not incur any processing delays.

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

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

  • SME80 for Minor Field Revisions is 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.

  • SME21 and SME22 Electronic Submission - DMRE accepts 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.