OFFICE of SURFACE MINING
RECLAMATION and ENFORCEMENT

U.S. Department of the Interior

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Purpose

Supporting the Goals of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement

OSMRE continues to expand the use of Technical Innovation and Professional Services in the technical decision-making processes related to SMCRA. TIPS supports OSMRE’s restoration and protection goals, the Department of the Interior’s goals, and the President’s Management Agenda.

TIPS mission is to provide practical, advanced tools and techniques to improve the efficiency and effectiveness in implementation of SMCRA.

TIPS provides state, tribal, and OSMRE personnel with a comprehensive set of analytical tools to aid in technical decision-making processes related to the Surface Mining Act. TIPS services provide the technical tools to complete regulatory and reclamation tasks faster and more accurately with fewer personnel. These tools specifically allow for electronic sharing of data, between industry, agencies, and the public through applications used at the user’s desktop and even in the field. TIPS supplements this with a comprehensive training program in core software use specifically developed for mining-related applications.

Environmental Protection

The TIPS suite of scientific, geospatial, and engineering core software aids the technical decision-making associated with conducting the review of mining permits. This includes performing cumulative hydrologic impact assessments using a watershed approach, quantifying potential effects of coal mining, preventing acid mine drainage, quantifying subsidence impacts, and measuring revegetation success. TIPS provides the tools for developing a scientific basis for environmental assessments and environmental impact statements.

Environmental Restoration

TIPS provides state, tribal, and federal regulators with the scientific and engineering tools to aid in the reconnaissance, design, and construction necessary to correct the problems caused by past mining. With TIPS tools, engineers and scientists assess the suitability of soil and water quality, design stable post-mining slopes and drainages, design mitigation of hazardous openings, and develop accurate cost estimates for site construction. TIPS tools streamline the contracting process for mitigation by delivering accurate data and costs directly to the construction contractor. TIPS development of mobile computing technology allows much of this information to be accessible at the minesite.

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