Permitting and hydrogeology represents one of the most fundamental regulatory activities to be conducted by the Division of Mineral Resources Management (DMRM).
Environmental specialists and geologists perform a complete and thorough review of every permit application to mine industrial minerals and coal in Ohio.
Detailed examinations verify that mines are designed to minimize environmental impacts, that proper environmental safeguards are in place, and that all legal requirements are met.
Staff members also verify that applicants have met all bonding/performance surety requirements. Bonds/Performance security provide the financial resources to restore a site if a mine operator fails in their responsibility to act in accordance with Ohio's site restoration laws. The section also manages permit records, databases, and permit-related information.
In addition, a great deal of coordination occurs between the staff, public, local/state and federal officials during the permitting process providing information concerning the proposed coal and industrial minerals extraction and reclamation activities.
Permitting of coal and industrial minerals mining is conducted under provisions of Chapters 1513 & 1514 of the Ohio Revised Code, respectively. Additional rules in Chapters 1501:13 and 1501:14 of the Ohio Administrative Code also govern mining permit activities. DMRM mining permit applications typically require comprehensive reviews involving numerous staff including geologists, environmental specialists, engineers and others. The average time required to review and process a coal permit is typically twelve (12) months.