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Non-Coal Mining Information

Dr. Abby Alkire
Geologist Supervisor

 

Contact
Information

voice   (225) 342-5515
 FAX     (225) 342-3094

Physical Address
Office of Conservation-9th Floor
Injection & Mining Division
Surface Mining Section
617 N. 3rd Street
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
70802

Postal Address
Office of Conservation
Injection & Mining Division
Surface Mining Section
P.O. Box 94275
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
70804-9275

Report an Emergency

Solid mineral (including sand and gravel) mines do not require a mining permit from the Department of Natural Resources, but may require several permits from other federal, state, parish or other municipal government agencies. Anyone planning to operate a non-coal mine in Louisiana may refer to the Permitting section below for important contact information. Please understand that the list and information presented below is not all-inclusive. It is the responsibility of the prospective non-coal mine operator to determine the appropriate regulatory process for permitting and operating a non-coal mine.

PERMITTING
  • Department of Environmental Quality
    The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) should be contacted for a for a Water Discharge Permit. ALL earth-moving operations greater than 1/2 Acre require an LPDES permit, even "closed-loop" operations. For more information, contact Kim Corts, (225) 219-3208, DEQ Water Permits Division.
  • Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
    The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (DWF) should be contacted to determine if the proposed mine needs a permit under the Louisiana Scenic Rivers Act (Act 947 of 1988) or any other applicable laws or regulations under DWF's jurisdiction. For more information, contact Keith Cascio at (318) 343-4045. 
  • Mine Safety and Health Administration
    The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) should be contacted for a mine identification number and for information regarding the MSHA Safety Training requirements.
  • US Army Corps of Engineers
    The US Army Corps of Engineers should be contacted for a permit under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.
  • Parish Police Jury or Parish Council 
    Contact the Parish Police Jury or Parish Council for the parish where the mine is planned to be located to determine whether a mining or pond permit may be required under the individual parish ordinances.
Reclamation

Most written procedures on mine reclamation are designed for coal mining, but the general concepts can apply to any type of surface mine and include, at the least:

  • Identify planned post-mining land use
  • Remove equipment and facilities
  • Grade the site
  • Revegetate
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