Minerals and Mining
The Land Reclamation Program ensures beneficial restoration of mined lands to protect public health, safety and the environment from the adverse effects of mining within the state. Our program administers state statutes and regulations, and Missouri Mining Commission policies and directives. Staff ensure Missouri's mineral resources are available for economic development and after reclamation, the land is available for new development or public use. The Missouri Mining Commission is a governing body that represents the governor of Missouri and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in matters related to mineral extraction regulations. The commission is comprised of representatives from industry, academia and government. Protecting public health and the environment. History of Mining in Missouri.
Bill Zeaman named Reclamationist of the Year
Bill Zeaman, an environmental supervisor with our Land Reclamation Program, was named the 2020 "Reclamationist of the Year" by the American Society of Mining and Reclamation. Zeaman was selected for his outstanding accomplishments in the practical application and evaluation of reclamation technology and in implementing innovative practices and designs for new reclamation strategies. Read the news release.
While we inspect and enforce the mining laws during the operation of mines in Missouri, the primary goal for the department's Land Reclamation Program is final reclamation after the mining is complete. This short video provides insight about successful reclamation in Missouri.
- Surface Coal Mining
- Abandoned Mine Lands
- Abandoned Mine Lands Viewer
This viewer assists the public in identifying locations that have been the subject of reclamation of coal mining activities.
Industrial and Metallic Minerals
- Industrial and Metallic Mineral Resources
- Industrial Minerals Permitting and Public Meetings
- In-Stream Sand and Gravel Mining
- Land Reclamation Information System (LRIS)
- Metallic Minerals Permitting
- Industrial and Metallic Mineral Permitted Mine Sites
This viewer assists the public in locating permitted Industrial and Metallic Mineral Mine Sites.
Council and Commissions
- Industrial Minerals Advisory Council
- Missouri Mining Commission
- Interstate Mining Compact Commission
Industrial Mineral Permit Hearings
- Biennial reports, fact sheets, bibliography, field notebooks, magazine articles and related websites
The Missouri Division of Fire Safety Regulates Blasting at Industrial Mineral Open Pit Mine Sites
Blasting is an activity associated with open pit mining of industrial minerals in Missouri. There has been confusion among the public about who to contact concerning blasting at an industrial mineral open pit mine site. The misconception is that the Land Reclamation Program regulates blasting at open pit industrial mineral mine sites. Blasting at industrial mineral open pit mine sites is regulated by the Missouri Division of Fire Safety, Missouri Blasting Safety Act. Therefore, the Land Reclamation Program created this video to inform the public about land reclamation requirements for open pit mining operations as well as information about the Missouri Blasting Safety Act and the Missouri Division of Fire Safety. This video helps to clarify the distinction between Land Reclamation Program and Missouri Division of Fire Safety roles at industrial mineral open pit mine operations. Watch the video.