Locating & Identifying a Previously Mined Site Protocol
Search Google Earth for a previously mined site that continues to lay dormant, and submit the latitude and longitude to [email protected], who will forward it to the Kentucky Department of Natural Resources, (DNR) who will then provide a report of the site including the following:
- Identification of coal permit numbers;
- Electronic access to the permit data at the Department of Mine Reclamation Enforcement’s (DMRE) Regional Office. Permit data at the Regional Office level is nearly identical to what is kept in Frankfort, and the Team will be able to look at historical maps, drawings, post-mining land uses, property ownership information, etc. DNR will provide a point of direct contact at each Regional Office with whom the ECLRP Team can work;
- Electronic access to the Surface Mining Information System (SMIS) database at the DMRE Regional Office. This is also available as a Java application through the Division of Mine Permits website. SMIS contains general information on mine permits and the owners of the operating entities. It also has historical inspection information, if that is of interest.
- If the ECLRP Team wishes to take their due diligence to the “next level” and determine if there is any water quality, underground storage tank or hazardous waste issues, DNR will provide a point of contact for the ECLRP Team at the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Such research would be part of a typical Phase I Environmental Assessment that a lender would require prior to financing a project to ensure that no contamination exists.