Land Reclamation Program
The Land Reclamation Program carries out Missouri’s Abandoned Mine Land and Bond Forfeiture programs to reclaim abandoned coal mine sites within Missouri that have safety hazards or environmental problems. Abandoned mine lands are defined as lands mined prior to August 1977, which use 100 percent federal funds for reclamation. Bond forfeiture lands are defined as lands mined after August 1977 where permits were revoked and reclamation bonds collected to complete the work. Missouri’s abandoned mine land emergency program allows the Land Reclamation Program to reduce or control emergency situations in which adverse effects of past coal mining pose an immediate danger to the public. The Land Reclamation Program uses funding available to reclaim these lands and return them to productive uses.