President Trump Proposes $121.7 Million FY 2019 Budget for OSMRE

President Donald Trump has proposed a $121.7 million Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget for the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE).

According to OSM, ,the 2019 budget supports OSM’s core mission requirements for oversight and support for State and tribal programs to ensure effective, consistent, and high quality regulatory and reclamation programs across the Nation. The OSM estimates staffing will equal 381 full time equivalents in 2019.

“The goal of this budget is to prioritize the services and the energy resources the American people need,” said Joe Balash, U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management. “It allows us to help develop our Nation’s resources, to continue to protect people and the environment, and to do so in the most efficient way possible.”

According OSM, the President’s FY 2019 budget request supports the goal of American energy dominance. Coal mining will continue under a reasonable and appropriate regulatory structure and reclamation of abandoned mine lands will continue to achieve statutory and regulatory goals. See OSMRE’s proposed FY 2019 budget here. The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) carries out the requirement.

The budget includes $73.9 million for Environmental Protection programs. It also includes another $52.4 million for State and tribal regulatory grants. However, the 2019 budget does not request funding for the AML Economic Development Grants pilot program. For more information on the 2019 OSM budget please visit the OSM website at www.osmre.gov.

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