Coal Mine Reclamation Program
The Coal Mine Reclamation Program (CMRP) was created in the early 1980s as part of New Mexico’s enactment of surface coal mine reclamation regulations under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA).
CMRP regulates coal mines on federal, state, and private lands within New Mexico, with the exception of Indian lands. With a mandate to protect public health and safety, and the environment in and around surface coal mining operations, CMRP permits, inspects, and enforces in accordance with SMCRA regulations. Another part of our mandate is to educate citizens as to their rights when they feel coal mining operations may be affecting their health, safety, or property. A Citizen’s Guide to Coal Mine Blasting in New Mexico provides information about one of the areas of public concern associated with surface coal mining.
James R. Smith, P.E., Program Manager