An article in the January issue of Mining Engineering titled “Edgar Mine hosts historic congressional hearing on mining education legislation” (page 28) incorrectly stated that the Mining Schools Enhancement Act would redirect millions of dollars in fees that are being collected from active mining operations to fund the research and educational programs at engineering schools with mining programs.
The fees that the article refers to are authorized under Title V of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA). This bill does not affect the collection or disbursement of those fees. The grants authorized in Title V are for state regulatory programs and AML reclamation.
The bill would rather amend a section in Title VII of SMCRA from which OSM draws its authority to conduct research through the National Technology Transfer Team Applied Science Program. This is where the grants to mining engineering schools would come from. This program is funded through discretionary funding not a fee on active mining operations.
The name of the bill is the Mining Schools Enhancement Act, it was incorrectly called the Mining School Enhancement Act.