News Release 177

Department oversees reclamation of abandoned coal mine land in Macon County

Volume 38-177 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MARCH 29, 2010 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Land Reclamation Commission have awarded a $212,000 construction contract to an Edina company for the reclamation of approximately 10 acres of abandoned coal mine lands in Macon County.

The department and the commission awarded the contract to BRS Construction for the Bee Hollow reclamation project, which will reclaim abandoned coal mine lands near Excello that were surface mined prior to the 1950s.

The proposed project calls for removing, grading and vegetating approximately eight acres of dangerous piles and embankments and spoil piles to eliminate the safety threat.  A guardrail will address a dangerous highwall located adjacent to a county road.  Additionally, the reclamation is expected to improve water quality by reducing the amount of acid-forming sediments that erode into nearby streams.  The expected completion date for the project is June 11.

The reclamation site is on public property owned by the Missouri Department of Conservation, known as the Bee Hollow Conservation Area, approximately one mile south of Excello and one and one half miles west of U.S. Highway 63 on Jackpot County Road.  The features to be reclaimed currently pose a safety hazard to public area users and area residents that frequently travel this route.

Funds for this project come from a surcharge on each ton of coal mined in the United States, as authorized by the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977.  Funds are collected by the U.S. Department of Interior’s Office of Surface Mining and are disbursed to state and tribal abandoned mine land programs.  

For more information on this or other land reclamation issues, contact the department's Land Reclamation Program at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-4041, or visit the Web at