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Active and Abandoned Mine Operations

DEP's Office of Active and Abandoned Mine Operations (AAMO) oversees nearly 500 Commonwealth employees located within four bureaus. The office is responsible for the policies and implementation of programs that regulate or impact mineral extraction, including industrial minerals and coal. The four bureaus have distinct programmatic responsibilities but are interrelated and coordinate efforts in many areas.
 
The mission of the Office of Active and Abandoned Mine Operations is to minimize impacts to the environment while providing a climate that encourages economic growth; to provide a safe and healthy work environment for miners; and to assure the public has an informed opportunity to participate in the debate and process. The objectives are met by partnering with the program customers, educating affected parties to the extent possible, and striving for 100 percent compliance utilizing appropriate tools for each situation.