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Since 1977, states and tribes have been working together to address public health
and safety risks posed by abandoned mines across the country, but work remains.
Visit ourworksnotdone.org to learn about New Mexico's and other programs' accomplishments
and the work yet to be done.



It is estimated that there are over 15,000 abandoned mine features in the State of New Mexico. They range from shallow prospect pits to 500 feet deep mine shafts to piles of coal gob (mine waste). 

The New Mexico Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Program and certain other abandoned mine land programs throughout the nation were formed by the passage of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) on May 2, 1977 (amended in 2006). This law places a fee on active coal mines that varies depending on whether it is surface-mined coal or underground-mined coal. These monies are placed in a fund, the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund, which then finances projects to reclaim coal mines abandoned prior to the enactment of SMCRA. Under certain conditions, abandoned non-coal mines may also be reclaimed.

The links to the right provide more information about the program.

Contact Information

Mike Tompson, P.E., Program Manager
Yeny Maestas, Staff Engineer
Erin Marynak
, Project Development Coordinator
Meghan McDonald, P.E., Principal Engineer
Lloyd Moiola, Environmental Manager
Amanda Muller, Management Analyst
Steven Needles, P.E.,
Senior Engineer
Jacob Pederson,
Project Manager
Joe Vinson,
Project Manager
Richard Wessel
, Cultural Resource Manager

(505) 476-3427
(505) 476-3476
(505) 476-3590
(505) 476-3408
(505) 476-3429
(505) 476-3491
(505) 476-3417
(505) 476-3450
(505) 476-3414
(505) 476-3426





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