Missouri Mining Commission
The Missouri Mining Commission is the ruling body over Missouri’s mining issues set forth in three separate state statutes. These mining statutes protect public health, safety and the environment from the adverse effect of mining and assure the beneficial restoration of mined lands. The eight-member commission includes four statutory and four public members. The statutory members are the state geologist, the director of the Missouri Department of Conservation, an expert in subsurface mining and the staff director of the Clean Water Commission. With Senate approval, the governor appoints four public members. Only two members of the commission may have a direct link with the mining industry. The Land Reclamation Program carries out the policies of the Missouri Mining Commission and provides the staffing necessary to regulate the state's mining industry.
The Missouri Mining Commission and Land Reclamation Program are responsible for the issuance of strip mining permits related to the mining of limestone, sand, gravel, clay, tar sands, barite, sandstone, granite and traprock. As part of the permitting process mining companies must provide financial assurances to the Land Reclamation Program that provide for reclamation should the company not be able to complete this activity. After the mining company completes all required reclamation, the commission releases these financial assurances and relieves the companies of any further reclamation liabilities. Hearings may be granted by the Administrative Hearing Commission (AHC), with respect to a proposed mining permit or when enforcement of a mining permit becomes necessary.
The commission also oversees Missouri’s Abandoned Mine Land Program. This program provides for the reclamation of abandoned coal mine sites within the state that include safety hazards such as steep and unstable highwalls and embankments, open mine shafts, abandoned mining equipment and facilities, dangerous impoundments, unsanitary trash dumps, and subsidence. Eligible environmental problems consist of acid mine drainage and sedimentation that pollute and clog streams. Finally, Missouri’s abandoned mine land emergency program allows the Land Reclamation Program to abate or control emergency situations in which adverse effects of past coal mining pose an immediate danger to the public.
Upcoming Commission Meetings 2021
April 22, 2021
Past Meeting Agendas and Minutes
Jan. 28, 2021
Oct. 22 (via Webex) See agenda for logon information
July 23 – Cancelled due to lack of agenda items
April 23 – Cancelled out of caution surrounding the spread of COVID-19
Missouri Mining Commission Members
- Dr. Gregory Haddock – Chairman, Associate Provost of Graduate Studies and Special Programs, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville
- Mike Larsen – Vice Chairman, Jefferson City
- Dr. Leslie Gertsch – Associate Professor of Geological Engineering, Missouri University of Science & Technology, Rock Mechanics & Explosives Research Center, Rolla
- Aaron Jeffries – Department of Conservation, Designee, Legislative Liaison, Jefferson City
- Joe Gillman – State Geologist and Director of Missouri Geological Survey, Department of Natural Resources, Rolla
- Chris Wieberg – Staff Director, Clean Water Commission, Department of Natural Resources, Jefferson City
- Larry Lehman – Staff Director, Missouri Mining Commission, Department of Natural Resources, Jefferson City