Surface Coal Mining Regulations (Mississippi)

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Place Mississippi

Applies to States or Provinces Mississippi
Name Surface Coal Mining Regulations (Mississippi)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Environmental Regulations, Siting and Permitting
Affected Technologies Coal with CCS
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
Primary Website
Applicable Jurisdiction Statewide

Last Review 2014-06-06
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary

Information Source


The Surface Coal Mining Regulations are a combination of permitting requirements and environmental regulations that limit how, where and when coal can be mined. It protects lands that are under special regulation due to their nature, and applies only to state lands. When applied to Coal with Carbon Capture and Storage projects the rules that would apply to a normal coal-mining project still apply. In addition to these measures, a CCS plant would need to adhere to all waste disposal requirements, water usage requirements, and all other regulatory measures.

Most importantly this set of regulations requires that a  State of Mississippi surface mining and reclamation permit be obtained from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) Permit Board. In addition a state coal exploration license must be obtained from the MDEQ.  The requirements for receiving a surface mining and reclamation permit include various mitigation plans, vegetation plans, community impact plans and many other statements.

In addition to obtaining these permits and adhering to environmental regulations, permitted must adhere to Appendix A (Revegetation Success standards), which are outlined in a separate document, listed as authority 2.

Policy Contact

Contact Name Lonnie Barrier
Department Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
Division Mining and Reclamation
Address 700 North State St., Jackson, MS, 39202 (physical)
Address 2 Office of Geology, P.O Box 227g, Jackson, MS 39225

Phone 601-961-5518