US Dept. of the Interior
Office of Surface Mining
Washington, DC 20240
LAST UPDATED 08/07/2014
The Office of Surface Mining’s (OSMRE) Technology Development and Transfer supports and enhances the technical skills that States and Tribes need to operate their regulatory and reclamation programs and to effectively implement the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act established in 1977. Technology development and transfer is an interactive process that involves the development of technical information through workshops, forums, benchmarking symposiums, OSMRE’s applied science funding program, and by partnering with other technical programs. The information gathered by the processes is transferred among our federal, state, tribal, industry, and academic partners through training, publications, exhibits, conferences, and websites. Strategies to apply new technologies are developed during technical consultation and assistance services provided by OSMRE. OSMRE continues to explore and promote innovative methods to promulgate new technologies that enhance the protection of the environment during mining and reclamation and improve efficiencies in the mining process
OSMRE established a National Technology Transfer Team (NTTT) in April of 2003 to provide a forum to guide, coordinate, and communicate OSMRE’s national and regional technology transfer activities. The NTTT is composed of members from OSMRE and from States that administer coal mining activities. OSMRE is represented by members from Headquarters, the National Technical Training Program (NTTP), Technical Innovation and Professional Services (TIPS), and three OSMRE Regions (Appalachian, Mid-Continent, and Western). Each OSMRE region has a regional technology transfer team comprised of a technical representative from each of the States, Tribes, OSMRE Divisions and Field Offices in that region to identify, advance, and develop technical solutions. The solutions can then be advanced to the NTTT for dissemination and implementation in other regions. The States are represented by the Interstate Mining Compact Commission, the Western Interstate Energy Board and the National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Program.