Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization Program

Virginia Energy is one of nine states and tribal programs chosen by Congress to receive funding in Fiscal Year 2023 to develop and repurpose Abandoned Mine Lands with economic and community development end uses. The 2023 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, 2023 (Public Law 117-328). First authorized in 2016, Virginia received $10 million per year in Fiscal Years 2017 through 2022, $10.652 million in Fiscal Year 2022 and $11.739 million in Fiscal Year 2023.

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.

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

The deadline for submittal is May 23, 2024. Applications should be submitted via email to amler@energy.virginia.gov.

Prospective applicants are requested to submit a separate Letter of Intent via email to amler@energy.virginia.gov on or by April 11, 2024.

The Letter of Intent should include:

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


    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- Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization
    Tim Ferguson, AMLER Senior Project Specialist

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

    Phone: (276) 523-8100
    E-mail: AMLER@energy.virginia.gov