Land Reclamation Program

AML Emergency Program

Drilling to determine the location of mine voids under this house.
Drilling to determine the location
of mine voids under this house.

Since 1998, the Land Reclamation Program, or LRP, has been administering the Abandoned Mine Lands, or AML, Emergency Program. An AML emergency is an abandoned coal mine problem that occurs suddenly, for which there is an immediate need to address the problem due to a high probability of substantial physical harm to the health, safety or general welfare of the public. AML emergencies in Missouri are primarily related to subsidence of underground coal mine workings. For example, an improperly closed mine shaft or a mine roof may suddenly subside to create a dangerous vertical opening in a residential area or a sudden subsidence event may threaten to significantly damage an occupied structure. When an AML emergency situation is declared, it enables the LRP to address the problem much more rapidly than is possible under the AML non-emergency program.

Burning coal waste poses a serious threat to public safety.
Burning coal waste poses a serious
threat to public safety.

For additional information about the AML emergency program or to report a subsidence problem, please contact the Land Reclamation Program at 573-751-4041 or 800-361-4827.