Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Program


The SMS is the agency responsible for the reclamation of abandoned coal mines in Kansas under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (P.L. 95-87). To this end, federal funds are available through the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement for the reclamation of past mining problems which are hazardous to the health, safety, and general welfare of the public. Reclamation includes the following construction activities; land clearing, backfilling and grading, erosion and site drainage control, guardrail and fence installation, demolition and disposal, and revegetation.

Frontenac City Park AML Project

Frontenac City Park before photo Frontenac City Park after photo

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Kansas currently has over 350 abandoned coal mine sites identified with health and safety problems. The cost to reclaim all problems on the inventory is over 225 million dollars.