Land Reclamation Division is responsible for the implementation and enforcement
of the Surface-Mined Land Conservation and Reclamation Act of 1971 and the Surface
Coal Mining Land Conservation and Reclamation Act of 1980, which enables the
division to function as the state's regulatory authority for the federal Surface
Mining Control and reclamation Act. Click Permitting Process for an explanation of
the application process and how you may get involved.
The Land Reclamation Division ensures that active coal mining operations are
properly reclaimed, thereby assuring the restoration of lands affected by mining
to productive uses. The Division also regulates the repair to land and structures
damaged as a result of mine subsidence resulting from active underground coal
mining. The division issues permits for all coal mining operations in the state
of Illinois. Through a process of informal conferences and public hearings the
division involves concerned citizens in the permitting process.
Staff inspect all active coal mining sites to ensure reclamation standards
are met and that approved reclamation plans are followed. Additionally, the
division responds to citizen complaints through investigation and inspections.
The Land Reclamation Division also is a part of the education outreach program
for the state, educating school age children in the classroom as well as the
general public utilizing the Mineral and Rock Box trailer. Land Reclamation
staff attend various school programs, local fairs, and other public events throughout
The Land Reclamation Division has updated the ArcIMS system to the new GIS Server. Check out the updates by viewing the new "ARCGIS" image link to the right. Any comments or questions can be addressed to the department at firstname.lastname@example.org.