AML Pilot Program

The Office of Abandoned Mine Lands and Reclamation (AML) administers federal funding for economic development projects on abandoned mine lands through its Pilot Program. This program helps projects located on or adjacent to mine sites that ceased operations prior to the signing of the Surface Mine Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) on Aug. 3, 1977.

While the AML is ultimately responsible for determining which projects receive funding, we work with an advisory committee comprised of representatives from the State Departments of Commerce, and Transportation, as well as the Governor's Office. All projects must also be approved by the U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation, and Enforcement (OSMRE).

Since 2016, the AML Pilot Program has disbursed $105 million in grant funding to assist projects all across the West Virginia coalfields.

Applications for the 2020 round of grant funding are available here. Completed applications are due by July 31, 2020.

Application Tips and Guidelines

  • Please utilize the space provided in the application, and not state “see attachments” for every response. There is adequate space for summaries within the application form. This makes the review process more efficient, as it places key information where we need it.
  • Identify an AML Problem Area (PAD) which is on, or immediately adjacent to, your proposed project area.
  • Provide a clear, concise project description, and detailed budget.
  • Please keep the application package to a reasonable size. It’s good to have support documentation, detailed reports, etc., but those can be requested later if needed. For the initial application, we only need a description of the project scope, a map of the project area, budget detailing grant expenditures (list any additional funding sources), and how it will provide an economic boost to the community. Please feel free to include attachments to your application, but don’t feel that a 200 page application is necessary.

Guidance Documents

Related Links

  • National AML Inventory (e-AMLIS)

    e-AMLIS is a national inventory that provides information about known abandoned mine land (AML) features including polluted waters. The majority of the data in e-AMLIS provides information about known coal AML features for the 25 states and 3 tribal SMCRA-approved AML Programs. e-AMLIS also provides limited information on non-coal AML features, and, non-coal reclamation projects as well as AML features for states and tribes that do not have an approved AML Program.

  • Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) – Abandoned Mine Lands

    The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) is a bureau within the United States Department of the Interior. OSMRE is responsible for establishing a nationwide program to protect society and the environment from the adverse effects of surface coal mining operations, under which OSMRE is charged with balancing the nation’s need for continued domestic coal production with protection of the environment.

  • WVDEP Mine Data Explorer

    WVDEP Mining Mapping Applications: View, search, and identify mining data from WVDEP DMR, AML, and WVGES. Compare results from two trendstations for a selected sample parameter. Compare results for two parameteres for a single trendstation, and display 24 hour precipitation totals for a single date.

  • WV AML Inventory Map

    Interactive overview map for exploring post-mining development potential.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact:

Travis Parsons, Planning Administrator
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
Office of Abandonded Mine Lands and Reclamation
Phone: (304) 414-1185
Email: Travis.G.Parsons@wv.gov