Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization Program

Virginia Energy is one of nine states and tribal programs chosen by Congress to receive $10 million in Fiscal Year 2021 to develop and repurpose Abandoned Mine Lands. The 2021 Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization Program (AMLER) funding is made available and administered by the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), in accordance with the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Public Law 116-260). First authorized in 2016, Virginia has received $10 million in Fiscal Years 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Projects must follow eligibility and other guidelines set forth in OSMRE's AMLER Guidance document and adhere to Virginia Energy's terms and conditions. Applicants are encouraged to submit projects with the greatest potential to achieve the economic development goals of the AMLER Program.

The deadline for application submittal is April 15, 2022. Completed applications should be emailed to Tarah.Kesterson@energy.virginia.gov.

Applicants are encouraged to submit a separate Letter of Intent by March 15, 2022.   A Letter of Intent is not required to submit an application.    The Letter of Intent should include:

  • Applicant name and contact information
  • Geographic coordinates of proposed project location
  • Geographic coordinates and description of AML features proposed to be remediated and/or other eligibility criteria, if known
  • One paragraph project summary
  • Anticipated amount requested
  • Total project cost and the amount and status of any other funding sources

Below are the forms and information needed for anyone interested in proposing a project for review. Projects selected will be sent to the Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation Enforcement for approval.


AMLER Project Locations
Project Reclaim

AMLER Projects
Project Reclaim

Planning Districts
Map Planning Districts

  • LENOWISCO- Serves Lee, Wise, Scott Counties and the City of Norton

  • AMLIS - eAMLIS is a national inventory that provides information about known abandoned mine lands (AML).

Contact Us
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Mined Land Repurposing
Lesa C. Baker, AML Project Coordinator

Virginia Energy
Mined Land Repurposing
3405 Mountain Empire Road
Big Stone Gap, VA 24219

Phone: (276) 523-8100
E-mail: CoalMineSafetyInfo@energy.virginia.gov  (Coal Mine Safety)  
             RepurposingInfo@energy.virginia.gov   (Mined Land Repurposing)