Mining Committee Report
ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
247 MINING 2008 Annual Report1 I. FEDERAL REGULATORY DEVELOPMENTS A. The Stream Buffer Zone, Excess Spoil Rule under SMCRA In December the Office of Surface Mining (OSM) published its long-awaited final rule addressing the placement of excess spoil from bench and mountain-top removal surface coal mining operations in mountainous or hilly country.2 By excess spoil, OSM means overburden and waste rock excavated in reaching and handling the coal, excess to what can be stably placed on the benches or...