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MMD's mission is to ensure the responsible utilization, conservation, reclamation and safeguarding of land and resources affected by mining.
By statute (§9-5A-4.D, NMSA 1978), MMD "shall enforce and administer laws and regulations relating to mine safety, coal surface mine reclamation and abandoned mine lands reclamation." And, MMD collects
"...information regarding production and value of production, persons employed, mining equipment and methods and any other information as may be reasonably required for the previous calendar year...," (§69-26-2, NMSA 1978).
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Office of the Director formulates division resource development, policy, planning, and administrative and fiscal management.
Abandoned Mine Land Program uses federal government grants to identify, safeguard and reclaim (pre-1977) abandoned mines that present a public safety hazard or environmental detriment.
Coal Mine Reclamation Program regulates, inspects and enforces on all coal mines not on Indian reservations.
Mine Registration and Reporting Program registers all mines, collects data on active mining operations, and provides statistical information on New Mexico's mining industry.
Mining Act Reclamation Program (Hard Rock Mining) regulates, inspects and enforces on all hard rock or mineral mines from beryllium to zeolite (excluding aggregate, coal and potash, mines).
NOMINATIONS OPEN: 2016 Excellence in Reclamation Awards
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