Abandoned Mine Reclamation Program:

Utah has a history rich in mining including copper, silver and uranium. Often when mines no longer produced, they were simply abandoned leaving equipment, open shafts, tunnels and piles of waste rock. In 1975, the Utah Mined Reclamation Act was passed making it illegal for mines to be abandoned. Today there are an estimated 17,000 mine openings scattered across Utah.

The Abandoned Mine Reclamation Program (AMRP) works to protect the public from dangers of old mines by sealing off access to openings and cleaning up waste. Old mining sites can be intriguing to unsuspecting explorers but can contain dangerous gases, unstable structures and explosives. Stay out and Stay Alive!

Attention Contractors! The AMRP is reviewing and updating its health and safety protocols for work on abandoned mine sites. Click here for more information.

For more information about the Utah Abandoned Mine Reclamation Program email amrinfo@utah.gov.

Please note: Our division hours are 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday.

Public Meeting Scheduled to Discuss
Abandoned Mine Closures in
Tooele County

Salt Lake City – The Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining Abandoned Mine Reclamation (AMR) Program is hosting a public open house Monday, February 13 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Department of Natural Resources building located at 1594 W. North Temple in Salt Lake City to discuss the proposed closure of 200 mine openings in the Clifton Hills area in western Tooele County. The public is invited to attend to learn more about the project and provide comments to Division staff. Closures will be completed on private and Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) lands. Click Here to view project area map.

For more information on the project or open house, please contact Senior Reclamation Specialist Chris Rohrer at chrisrohrer@utah.gov or 801-538-5322.