President Proposes $116 Million FY 2021 Budget for OSMRE

In a separate Federal budget line item, President Trump has proposed $116 million spending plan for the Federal Office of Surface Mining & Reclamation (OSM). The 2021 budget request is $5.7 million less than last year’s proposal of $121.7 million.

According to OSME, The President’s FY 2021 budget request strongly supports American energy needs. Coal mining will continue under the appropriate regulatory structure laid out for OSMRE and the reclamation of abandoned mine lands will continue to “achieve results on behalf of the U.S. citizens.”

Specifically, the budget provides funding for staff activities and regulatory oversight. The budget request supports improved mine plan review processes to enable OSMRE to align its staff and fiscal resources across activities to better streamline the NEPA process, enhance and accelerate the permitting process, and ensure coal mine surface activities are operated in a manner that protects citizens and the environment during mining, and that following mining, the land is restored to beneficial use.

The OSM administrative budget is not part of the Department’s funding request for the Abandoned Mine (AML) Title IV grants for environmental restoration activities. Those funds will be issued under a separate appropriation

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