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Series I. Coal Mining

Scope and Content Notes:

This series documents the transfer of greater powers to the states to regulate coal mining as a result of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977, SMCRA. This process included the drafting of regulations, hearings, and litigation. In Pennsylvania, regulations were drafted by committees assisted by advisory groups that included a variety of stakeholders. Coleman participated in a number of committees representing the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club.

Subseries 1. Department of Environmental Resources,(DER) Committee Documents, 1977-1987

Scope and Content Notes:

The DER committees were created in response to the passage of the Federal SMCRA of 1977. The act sought to address environmental concerns throughout the mining cycle from site selection to its reclamation. The act created the Office of Surface Mining (OSM) in the Department of the Interior to implement state regulations that complied with SMCRA standards.

This sub-series contains committee materials collected by Coleman during her participation in the Mining Legislation Ad Hoc Task Force, the subsequent Mining Advisory Committee, Ad Hoc Mining Task Force and the Coal Work Group. The task forces formulated legislation while the work group sought to identify regulations that may have restricted production of Pennsylvania coal. The committees' materials include documents on Section 522, Lands Designated Unsuitable for Mining and the Ad Hoc Task Force's Final Report. The committee materials also include correspondence, a report, and a response document from the Pennsylvania Bureau of Mining and Reclamation concerning the product of the Coal Work Group.

Box 1
Folder 1-6 Mining Legislation - Ad Hoc Task Force, 1977-1980
Folder 7 Mining Advisory Committee, Ad Hoc Mining Task Force, 1982-1984
Folder 8-10 Coal Work Group, 1987

Subseries 2. Governmental and Non-Governmental Organization Documents, 1971-1993

Scope and Content Notes:

This sub-series contains governmental, non-governmental, and subject files concerning mining regulation and legislation. The regulations cover a number of areas such as blasting, bonding, and revegetation. Additional files can be found in Series IV: Longwall Mining. Coleman collected these documents in support of her activities with the Commonwealth and the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club. The documents were produced by a number of different agencies and organizations including the Office of Surface Mining (OSM), Department of Environmental Resources (DER), The Beleaguered Earth Study Group, the League of Women Voters, various Chapters of the Sierra Club, the Environmental Policy Institute, the National Wildlife Federation and the Natural Resource Defense Council to name a few. Documents include articles, comments, conference materials, correspondence, legislation, newspaper clippings, reports, and testimony.

Folder 11-13 Strip Mining, 1971-1977
Folder 14 Damage to Roads in Luzerne Township Due to Coal Trucks, 1972-1973
Folder 15 Public Hearing on the Petition of Luzerne Coal Corporation, 1973
Folder 16 Conference on Surface-Mined Land for Recreation, 1973
Folder 17 Strip Mining Legislation, 1974-1976
Folder 18 Drafting Pennsylvania Sierra Club Strip Mining Policy, 1976
Folder 19 Farmland in Knox County, Illinois, 1976-1980
Folder 20 Proposed Regulations, 1977-1978
Folder 21-22 Citizens' Grievance, 1977-1986
Folder 23 OSM Vacancy Announcement, 1978
Folder 24 Sierra Club National Committee Member Lists, 1978-1980
Folder 25-27 Pennsylvania State Primacy, 1978-1983
Folder 28 New Coal Technology, 1978-1987
Folder 39-30 OSM News / Press Releases, 1978-1993
Folder 31 Draft Report on Acid Mine Drainage on a Stream, February 07, 1979

Box 2
Folder 1 Environmental Assessment, Pa. House Bill 106, 1979-1980
Folder 2 Mine Regulation and Enforcement Field Office, 1979-1980
Folder 3 Attempts to Amend SMCRA, 1979-1980
Folder 4 Pennsylvania Proposed Legislation, 1979-1980
Folder 5-6 US Congressional Oversight Committees of OSM, 1979-1980
Folder 7 Coal Action Network, 1979-1981
Folder 8 Coal Mining, 1979-1983
Folder 9 Strip Mining Problems in Pennsylvania - Report, March 17, 1980
Folder 10 Notices of Violations, 1980-1981
Folder 11 Two-Acre Exemption and Prime Farm Land Regulation, 1980-1982
Folder 12 DER Enforcements, 1980-1985
Folder 13-14 State Primacy Regulations, 1980-1988
Folder 15-21 SMCRA Regulation Litigation, 1980-1988
Folder 22 Confirmation of James R. Harris, 1981
Folder 23 Blasting and Explosives, 1981
Folder 24 Bonding Regulations, 1981

Box 3
Folder 1 Excess Spoils Regulations, 1981
Folder 2 Revegetation Regulation, 1981
Folder 3 Northcentral Highlands Forum, March 27, 1981
Folder 4 OSM Rulemaking Calendar, April 23, 1981
Folder 5 Little Kanawha, Burnsville Dam Area and Holly Grove Coal Company, October 01-26, 1981
Folder 6-8 Watt Draft OSM Regulations, 1981-1982
Folder 9 OSM Reorganization, 1981-1982
Folder 10-12 Comments on OSM Regulations, 1981-1982
Folder 13 Coal Leasing and Strip Mining Regulations, 1981-1982
Folder 14 Department of Environmental Resources, 1981-1983
Folder 15 Areas Unsuitable for Mining, 1981-1986
Folder 16-17 Rural Abandon Mine Program, RAMP, 1981-1988
Folder 18 Luzerne Coal Corporation Consent Order and Agreement, 1982
Folder 19 DER Reponses to Comments on Chapters 86, 87, 89, and 90, 1982
Folder 20 Auger Mining, Experimental Practices, and Topsoil Regulations, 1982
Folder 21 Coal Exploration Regulations, 1982
Folder 22 Chapter 87, Subchapter F, 1982-1983
Folder 23-24 Abandon Mine / Land and Reclamation, 1983-1992
Folder 25 Anthracite Coal Mining, 1984
Folder 26 Effluent Limitations Guidelines, 1984
Folder 27 Coal Reclamation Report, 1984
Folder 28 Environmental Policy Institute Contact List, 1984
Folder 29 Citizens Workshop on the Surface Mining Act, 1985
Folder 30 Citizen's Strip-mine Enforcement Workshop, 1985
Folder 31 OSM Management Action Plan (MAP) Reactions, 1985
Folder 32 Coal Mining and Ground Water Quality Report, 1985
Folder 33 Coal Mining Articles and Reports, 1985-1993
Folder 34 Strategy Meeting Notice on Mining Issues, February 03, 1986
Folder 35 Surface Mine Reclamation, 1986-1987
Folder 36 Coal Mining Newspaper Clippings, 1986-1993

Box 4
Folder 1 SMCRA 10th Anniversary, 1987
Folder 2 Commonwealth and Federal Legislation, 1987-1988
Folder 3 Pa. Mines and Energy Committee, Ad Hoc Committee on Coal, 1988
Folder 4 Mine Drainage and Surface Mine Reclamation Conference
Folder 5 Bond Rate Guidelines and Bonding Alternative
Folder 6 Non-Coal Surface Mining Comment and Response Document
Folder 7 Abandon Refuse Sites
Folder 8 Citizens Coal Council
Folder 9 Acid Mine Drainage, 1993
Folder 10 House Appropriations Committee, March 17, 1993
Folder 11 Request for Participation in Mineral Extension Study, June 24, 1993
Folder 12 Secretary Babbit Meeting with OSM Employees, July 26, 1993