Review and evaluate data reported in operator Mining Operation Annual Reports (MRRC-2s), lead agency Surface Mining Inspection Reports (MRRC-1s), and operator financial assurance cost estimates (FACEs).
Perform site inspections to determine the compliance of mining operations with SMARA.
Investigate complaints of operator non-compliance with SMARA and illegal (unpermitted) mining activity.
Step in and begin compliance enforcement activity when lead agencies fail to take appropriate enforcement measures with non-compliant operations.
Perform inspections of mine operators seeking closure and recovery of financial assurance mechanisms to determine whether the subject mine sites been completely reclaimed in compliance with the approved reclamation plan.