News Release 141

Department awards reclamation contract for abandoned Callaway County coal mine lands

Volume 39-141 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded a $609,942 construction contract to a St. Louis company for the reclamation of approximately 35 acres of abandoned coal mine lands near Millersburg in Callaway County.

The department awarded the contract to Pangea Group for the reclamation of lands that were surface mined and left unreclaimed prior to the 1950’s. The reclamation site is located on private property and poses a safety hazard to the landowner and area residents. The site is located approximately two miles east of Millersburg, off State Highway F.

Project plans include backfilling an unstable highwall, leveling and grading multiple mounds and embankments, and backfilling three polluted acid water impoundments.

The reclamation is expected to improve water quality in Millers Creek by reducing the amount of acid-forming sediments that erode into the stream. Additionally, water quality of the creek is expected to improve with the elimination of several acid water impoundments that discharge low pH water into the creek following heavy rains or snow melts. The project is expected to be completed by Oct. 1.

Funds for this project come from a surcharge on each ton of coal mined in the United States, as authorized by the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977. Funds are collected by the U.S. Department of Interior’s Office of Surface Mining and are disbursed to state and tribal abandoned mine land programs.