The Division of Mine Permits is guided by statutes, regulations, reclamation advisory memorandums and technical reclamation memorandums in the implementation of its surface mining regulatory program.
Chapter 350 of the Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS) governs the environmental regulation of surface mining of coal and other minerals and the surface effects of underground mining. KRS Chapter 350 assigns the Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) the responsibility for administering this chapter of the statutes and authorizes the cabinet to adopt necessary administrative regulations.
The cabinet’s Department for Natural Resources (DNR) is the agency with front-line responsibility for carrying out the statutes and the administrative regulations adopted under KRS Chapter 350. Administrative regulations administered by DNR are in Title 405 of the Kentucky Administrative Regulations (KAR).